By Andy Young
As hoteliers across New South Wales prepare for a public holiday weekend filled with sport and good weather, the AHA NSW has issued a warning to patrons.
The association said that while the local is a great place to watch the weekend's grand finals patrons need to exercise personal responsibility and that anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.
“The combination of the long weekend, fine weather and grand finals on both Saturday and Sunday will see a lot of people take the chance to catch up with mates down at their local,” Mr Green said.
“Hotels across NSW will have extra security and staff on to deal with the larger than usual crowds. We want people to enjoy themselves – but play up and you’ll be asked to leave and may face an on-the-spot fine if police are called."
As well as AFL and NRL grand finals, some hotels will open from 5am on Sunday morning for the Rugby World Cup clash between England and Australia. Green also called on the Aussie spirit of mateship, reminding friends to watch out for each other.
"When crowds are larger, people have to be more tolerant with other patrons and staff, and with daylight saving kicking in, please obey requests from staff and security," Green said.
"People should also look out for their friends."
He added: “This is an extremely important match for the Wallabies, so rather watching it at home in your pyjamas, find a hotel showing the match and wake up a few mates to cheer for the Wallabies in style."