The new Deniliquin Liquor Accord policy will see patrons who are barred from one licensed venue barred from entering them all.ZOE MCMAUGH February 21, 2014 4:05am
Deniliquin’s liquor licence holders have followed a state crackdown on alcohol-related violence by this week declaring a ‘Barred From One, Barred From All’ policy.
The new Deniliquin Liquor Accord policy, which takes effect from today, means patrons barred from one licensed venue are barred from entering them all, including licensed sporting clubs and restaurants.
The policy, which has been run successfully by various regional accords across the state, including Wagga, is designed to rid violent offenders and troublemakers from licensed venues.
It comes hot on the heels of new legislation being introduced in NSW in response to a rise in alcohol and drug-related violence.
Deniliquin Police Chief Inspector Mick Tranby said the barring policy would be the first step in tackling the problem locally.
‘‘We have noticed an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence across the Local Area Command, and particularly Deniliquin,’’ he said.
‘‘Changing that trend is going to be a major focus for our officers in the coming months and we believe the Barred From One Barred From All policy will help us reduce the growing number of incidents.’’
DLA chairman Chris Bodey said the new policy would be driven by accord members with the support of local police.
‘‘The policy has been on our agenda for a couple of years, but the latest push from the state government has made it easier for us to implement,’’ Mr Bodey said.
‘‘Anyone who acts in a violent manner, threatens staff or is continuously troublesome, now risks being banned, not just from the hotel where the incident occurred, but from all licensed venues, including clubs and bottleshops.’’
Mr Bodey said the bans, which would be enforced by Deniliquin Police, would range from three months to a year.
‘‘The Liquor Accord is trying to work with the local police and community to make sure people can go out and enjoy themselves without having to put up with any anti-social behaviour,’’ he said.
‘‘While we believe the vast majority of people who frequent the local hotels and clubs are well behaved, there is a small minority who are prone to causing trouble and we don’t want them in our venues.’’
Offences that can attract an accord-wide banning include violent, quarrelsome and disorderly behaviour, intoxication, verbal abuse of staff and smoking in smoke-free areas.
In most cases offending patrons will be given a warning, but Mr Bodey said there would be scope for immediate bans.
As well as the ‘Barred From One Barred From All’ policy, the accord has also decided to move the local lock-out time to 12.30am.
Late night venues the Edward River Hotel and Globe Hotel will now enforce a 12.30am lock-out, while the Exchange Hotel will continue with its current midnight lock-out.
Chief Insp Tranby said the earlier lock-out was designed to keep people off the streets late at night.
‘‘We are seeing large groups of intoxicated persons moving from hotel to hotel late at night, and it’s causing issues at the venues which have late trading hours,’’ he said.
‘‘The police and the accord believe a 12.30am lock-out gives people who want to go to the venues late at night more than enough time to arrive there.
‘‘If people want to be in licensed premises after 12.30am, they need to make arrangements to be in those venues earlier.’’
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