Chris Partridge, of the Hotel Henry Rous in Ballina, agrees the latest Government clampdown on alcohol-related violence is necessary.
Chris Partridge, of the Hotel Henry Rous in Ballina, agrees the latest Government clampdown on alcohol-related violence is necessary. Cathy Adams

Local hotels back tough new liquor laws

PUB licensee Chris Partridge would hate to see someone get glassed 'just because of some drunken idiot'.

So he said tough new laws to combat alcohol-related violence, introduced to the NSW Parliament yesterday, were no less than necessary.

The measures, announced by NSW Premier Nathan Rees, will see the patrons of pubs and clubs identified as hot spots for violence facing a 2am lock-out, a limit on the number of drinks they can buy and the use of plastic cups after midnight.

Shots of spirits will be also banned after midnight and serving will stop 30 minutes before closing.

Mr Partridge, licensee of the Hotel Henry Rous in Ballina, said his hotel and most others in the region already adhered to these regulations under their local liquor accords.

“I'd hoped it wouldn't get to having to use plastic cups, but what- ever it takes to keep people safe,” he said.

“These measures are aimed more at pubs and clubs in cities like Sydney, where they have a higher number of patrons and more problems with violence.

“There do need to be tougher consequences for people who drink alcohol in alcohol-free zones though. I see them walking along the streets all the time.”

Lismore Liquor Accord chairwoman Rebekka Battista told The Northern Star that while Mary Gilhooley's was listed among the State's 50 worst for alcohol-related violence, the pub had already voluntarily introduced the restrictions.

Monique Phillips, chairwoman of the Byron Bay Liquor Accord, said Byron Bay venues had operated under a voluntary 2am curfew for the past three years.

She said proactive measures such as that would see the operation of licensed venues continue to improve.

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