Lismore pub back in the good books
LISMORE’S Mary Gilhooleys is quietly celebrating the fact it is no longer listed among the most violent pubs in NSW.
As of December 1, it will be removed from the NSW Government’s top 48 clubs and pubs for alcohol-related assaults and anti-social behaviour.
This means it won’t have to continue special measures designed to drive down intoxication, increase patron safety and help prevent alcohol-related violence and bad behaviour.
While relieved about the development, Mary Gilhooleys said it should never have been on the restricted list.
“We should never have been on there in the first place,” Mary Gilhooleys licensee Scott Jones said.
“They’ve changed their data methods,” he said.
“I guess I’m pretty happy.”
Mr Jones said he didn’t expect the pub would change too much next month when the restrictions are officially lifted, but he would be able to stock drinks he couldn’t for the past 12 months.
“It gives you a bit more freedom,” he said.
“I can stick a couple of extra drinks in the fridge.
“I’m not sure that we’ll go back to stronger drinks though.
“It won’t change the way our security guards work or anything.”
While Mary Gilhooleys is off the list, The Standard Hotel in Lismore is now considered violent enough to be among the government’s 47 Level Two venues under the new regime.
This means that, from next month, it will have to stop serving alcohol half an hour before closing, use plastic cups after midnight, and enforce alcohol time-outs for 10 minutes every hour after midnight or provide free food and water.
The Standard’s licensee could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
Pubs and clubs on the Level Two list have between 12 and 18 assaults each year.
Only 19 venues across the state are considered to be violent enough to warrant the Level One classification – they have more than 19 assaults a year.
Failure to comply with the conditions can attract a 12-month jail term and an $11,000 fine for licensees. The list will be reviewed again in six months.
Of the 48 violent venues under special restrictions last year, 25 were removed from the list because their assault rates fell below the threshold.