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The Office of Liquor Gaming & Racing (OLGR) has finally detailed the nature of some 10 breaches by five licensed premises in Byron Bay on the October long weekend, although it has yet to name the venues.

OLGR has told Echonetdaily that compliance officers conducted a total of 31 inspections of venues.

Of these, it says offences were detected relating to permitting intoxication, failing to comply with licence conditions, and failure to comply with ‘primary purpose requirements’, ie serving food with alcohol.

A spokesperson said breaches included:

  • Two venues observed permitting intoxication (total of two breaches).
  • Two venues observed supplying alcohol without meals in breach of their licence conditions (total of six breaches).
  • One venue breached its licence conditions by failing to provide a courtesy bus for patrons (total of two breaches).

The spokesperson added that a staff member at one of the venues was also identified working with an expired interim responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certificate.

‘Inquiries are continuing into the detected breaches prior to regulatory action being undertaken, as such it would not be appropriate to discuss further,’ the spokesperson said.

‘OLGR is working with the venues involved to ensure remedial measures are implemented to ensure ongoing compliance,’ he added.

Byron Bay Liquor Accord chairperson, Hannah Spalding, told Echonetdaily yesterday that the breaches were not related to the voluntary terms of the Accord, although even Accord members have not been told the identity of the venues.

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