We will arrest drunks
By HELEN JACK
HUGE crowds are about to descend on Lismore and local police have issued a stern warning to those wanting to flout the law: Play up and you'll finish up in jail.
More than 17,000 people are expected in Lismore during September to either take part in or watch six consecutive events over two weeks.
For the city's pubs and clubs it's shaping to be a record month. But with so many people in town in party mode for some of the events, city officials are aware of the ingredients for trouble.
To help keep the influx of people safe the Lismore Liquor Accord committee, which includes police, the city council and representatives from licensed venues, has imposed special curfews on at least two of the events.
"Curfews on the admission of patrons to licensed venues have been brought forward to 12.30am across the board," said Accord chairman Mick Drew, manager of The Standard Hotel.
"But for Lismore's Cup Day the curfew will be 9pm and for the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout it will be 11pm," Mr Drew added.
Police have warned people preparing to party that bad behaviour won't be tolerated.
Police licensing supervisor Sergeant Wayne Crotty said a zero tolerance attitude would be taken towards antisocial or drunken behaviour.
"Extra police from around NSW will be on duty, and they will have a high visible presence on the streets," he said.
"No one will be allowed into licensed premises after curfew, so plan your night and decide where you want to go."