Behave or be barred
HOTELS and clubs which are part of the Evans Head Liquor Accord have issued a reminder to patrons they need to behave or face the prospect of being barred from all licensed venues in the area.
A multi -venue barring policy announced earlier last year resulted in pubs and clubs agreeing to shut out troublemakers across all member venues.
Local Liquor Accord chairman Roger Hong said licensees were teaming up to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for patrons.
"While most patrons behave responsibly in licensed premises there is unfortunately at times a minority of people who demonstrate significantly inappropriate behaviour," he said.
"Evans Head Liquor Accord members are committed to providing a safe, relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for the vast bulk of responsible patrons by stamping out bad behaviour.
"As a result, a new multi-venue barring policy is being implemented across all liquor accord venues to allow licensees to protect both patrons and staff from troublesome behaviour.
"The policy aims to reinforce acceptable standards of behaviour in local venues and send a strong message to troublemakers - behave yourself or you're out the door - from all venues in our accord."
Under the multi -venue barring policy a person may be ejected or refused entry to all licensed premises in the Evans Head Liquor Accord if they display the following behaviour;
- Threatening or aggressive;
- Anti- social or disorderly;
- Vandalism, malicious damage or repeated disturbance;
- Repeated intoxication;
- Refusing to leave a venue when requested;
- Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs;
- Any criminal activity.
If a person is ejected or refused entry under the policy and then tries to re -enter a licensed venue, they can be issued with a $550 penalty notice or face a potential maximum penalty of up to $5500.
"The message is simple," Mr Hong said. "Behave or be barred."
Liquor Accord members
- Woodburn Evans Head RSL,
- Evans Head Bowling Club,
- Evans Head Casino Surf Club,
- Illawong Hotel Evans Head,
- RodnReel Hotel Woodburn,
- Woodburn Bowling Club,
- Evans Head Touch Football,
- Bottle Mart