Coast pub on shame list told to close early

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JA­NINE WAT­SON

THE Coast Ho­tel has been ranked the sec­ond most dan­ger­ous venue in the state sec­ond only to The Ar­gyle in The Rocks district of Syd­ney.

The list is re­leased hal­fyearly by Liquor and Gam­ing NSW and de­tails the num­ber of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents at li­censed venues over a 12-month pe­riod based on Bureau of Crime Sta­tis­tics and Re­search fig­ures.

With 19 vi­o­lent in­ci­dents recorded at the Coast Ho­tel, this places them into the most re­stric­tive level-one cat­e­gory sub­ject to a num­ber of manda­tory con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a 1.30am lock­out of pa­trons.

The ho­tel has been con­tacted for com­ment.

Other con­di­tions they must now abide by in­clude the sus­pen­sion of al­co­hol ser­vice 30 min­utes be­fore clos­ing, no glass con­tain­ers af­ter mid­night, no shots and drink limit re­stric­tions af­ter mid­night and a 10-minute al­co­hol sales time out ev­ery hour af­ter mid­night or ac­tive dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter and/or food.

“Venues on the list are closely mon­i­tored and in­cur sub­stan­tial risk-based load­ings to their an­nual li­cence fees to off­set the ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tory over­sight,” Liquor and Gam­ing NSW deputy sec­re­tary Paul New­son said.

The vi­o­lent venues scheme has op­er­ated un­der Sched­ule 4 of the Liquor Act 2007 since De­cem­ber 1, 2008.

The scheme is de­signed to reg­u­late li­censed premises with high lev­els of as­sault and other vi­o­lent in­ci­dents.

In March and Septem­ber each year, BOCSAR pro­vides Liquor and Gam­ing NSW with the lat­est 12 months of al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lent in­ci­dent data.

Photo: Frank Red­ward

RE­STRICTED: Po­lice have been called to 19 vi­o­lent in­ci­dents at the ho­tel, which puts it in the most re­stric­tive cat­e­gory.

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