Crackdown on drink
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
BLITZ or no blitz, it will be business as usual for Dan Clayton this summer.
The manager of Byron Bay nightclub La La Land was unfazed yesterday by a State Government announcement the town's licensed venues would be the target of a blitz against serving alcohol to minors.
"Anyone intoxicated won't get in to the club and anyone under age won't get in," Mr Clayton vowed. "That's the way it always is."
Mr Clayton said the nightclub employed extra staff and security guards from November until April to deal with the influx of schoolies' and young revellers.
"It's our crazy time, but we cope," he said.
NSW Minister for Gaming Grant McBride said Byron Bay, along with Sydney and Newcastle, would be targeted in a series of audits in the lead up to schoolies' week.
He said Department of Gaming officials would randomly inspect licensed venues to ensure alcohol was not being served to minors.
"The officers will be targeting areas that have traditionally attracted young revellers," he said.
"The majority of licensed premises are doing the right thing, but I want the licensees put on notice ? if you are caught serving alco- hol to minors you face fines of up to $11,000 and risk being taken to the Licensing Court."
The Higher School Certificate ended yesterday. Schoolies' 'week' starts around November 20 and finishes in early December.
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