North Coast licensed venues fined $25,000 in blitz

SOUTHERN Cross University's student pub has been closed as part of a nine-day operation targeting licensed venues on the North Coast.

The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing yesterday announced its inspectors had visited the Campus Central Uni Bar and found 'irregularities' with its liquor licence.

A spokeswoman for the university said the inspectors unearthed an administrative error, which the university hoped would be sorted out by today.

More than $25,000 in fines were issued during the operation, which involved senior inspectors from the office's Strategic Enforcement Branch and NSW Police.

The joint operation ran between May 3 and 11, targeting hotels, registered clubs, nightclubs, bottle shops and restaurants between Coffs Harbour and the Queensland border.

The extensive operation was part of the Alcohol Response Taskforce program in the Tweed-Byron, Richmond, Coffs-Clarence and Mid-North Coast local area commands to ensure ongoing compliance with liquor, gaming and registered club laws.

Three intoxicated patrons were detected at hotels in Lennox Head, Ballina and Lismore, with a $550 penalty notice issued to the licensee of each venue.

Bar workers at two of the venues in Ballina and Lismore will be fined $550 each for serving the intoxicated patron.
Hotels in Maclean and Tweed Heads will each be fined $550 for selling liquor while unlicensed after it was discovered that they did not have a current licensee.

Applications to transfer the licence had not been lodged.
A registered club at Ballina will be fined $330 for selling liquor from its bottle shop directly to the public.

Nine hotels (in Ballina, Lismore, Goonellabah, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, and Tweed Heads) will be fined $1100 each because gaming machines could be seen from the street.

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