By Andrew Starke

Coffs Harbour pub, club, restaurant and bottleshop licensees, managers and staff are the latest recipients of free, practical training in the responsible service of alcohol.

The Government sponsored workshops, which are being taken around the state, aim to teach the trade more about the State’s liquor laws.

NSW Gaming and Racing Minister Kevin Greene said the RSA on the Frontline workshop, held for local Liquor Accord members at the Coffs Ex-Services Memorial and Sporting Club this morning (Nov 25), would improve RSA practices and make licensed venues and surrounding streets safer.

“This workshop is part of the Rees Government’s commitment to reducing intoxication and alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and violence in and around licensed venues by helping frontline staff with fresh training,” he said.

“By working directly with the industry to improve the operation of licensed venues we can reduce impact on the local community from assaults, offensive behaviour and malicious damage.”

Greene said that about 2,500 venue workers have so far attended these workshops across NSW, with 89 percent saying they will apply what they have learned to their jobs.

Staff are taught to improve patron observation and communication, keep minors out, prevent intoxication and strengthen alcohol and security management.

“This will be done through a plain English explanation of the new Liquor Act and the expanded powers, increased penalties and new offences it contains to reduce the impact of alcohol consumption on the community,” Greene said.

“The seminar will also help staff ensure the responsible consumption of alcohol by reducing irresponsible liquor promotions, restricting risk products like high-alcohol Ready to Drink beverages and shots and preventing secondary supply of alcohol.

Local venues will also told about safety by design such as ensuring adequate lighting, seating, pedestrian thoroughfares and other measures to prevent overcrowding.

The Shout Team

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