Liquor & Gaming NSW has said it will have inspectors on duty and being active over the Australia Day long weekend, checking venues are complying with responsible service of alcohol requirements.

Liquor & Gaming NSW director of compliance operations, Sean Goodchild, said inspectors will be targeting areas across the state where large numbers of people congregate for Australia Day celebrations.

“We want to ensure everyone can celebrate safely in well managed licensed venues with the lowest possible risks of alcohol-related harm,” he said.

“This year Australia Day falls on a Friday which may result in larger crowds taking advantage of the long weekend including events at licensed venues on Australia Day eve.

“The weekend also is at the end of the school holidays and there may be increased risk of minors trying to buy alcohol or enter licensed premises.”

Mr Goodchild said inspectors have also been monitoring potential irresponsible liquor promotions and have stopped an “all you can drink” Australia Day eve promotion at one venue.

“In the lead up to Australia Day, we are meeting with licensees and managers to advise on best practice for complying with liquor laws over the long weekend,” he said.

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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