Hotels from across southern New South Wales have shown their support for the bushfire-devastated town of Tathra, after gathering at The Tathra Hotel for a Combined AHA NSW Sub-Branch meeting.

AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing John Green joined hoteliers from three sub-branches – South Coast, Far South Coast and The Snowy Mountains – for yesterday’s meeting.

Green said the AHA NSW was proud to show its support for the Tathra community after the March bushfires.

“While The Tathra Hotel itself narrowly avoided being destroyed by the bushfire, it did substantial damage elsewhere, so it was a no-brainer to move the meeting location to Tathra to inject some business into the town,” Green said.

“We’ve previously contributed to fundraising here, however, hoteliers from across the region were keen to do more to support the local economy and community.”

Tuesday’s meeting also included a briefing from NSW Police on the force’s re-engineered structure, which saw the Far South Coast and Shoalhaven Local Area Command amalgamated.

“We [were] keen to hear from the newly-formed South Coast Police District’s representative on what the change to the local police structure looks like, and what those changes will mean for hotels and the community in terms of policing response and localised management,” Green said.

“With assaults on licensed premises in the Far South Coast area down an impressive 56 per cent in the last decade, we’ll discuss how we can continue to work together. This figure is thanks to consistent hard work and effort from local hoteliers, police and the wider community.”

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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