Club has fines reduced

Fines of $200,000 imposed on the Ocean Shores Country Club following the death of a young employee at a Christmas party in 2001 have been reduced to $75,000.

According to the club's secretary manager, Wayne Chislett, the full bench of the Licensing Court found there could not be a finding of aggravation and imposed a substantially lesser fine.

Mr Chislett said two of the three magistrates imposed the $75,000 fine with the third magistrate wanting the fine reduced to $10,000.

In their ruling, the magistrates said the club had assisted the court in the conduct of the proceedings.

They said the club had addressed the conduct which had occurred at Christmas 2001 and they were satisfied it would not occur again.

Country club chairman, Bill Blair, described the decision as a good result.

"We are also particularly pleased that the full bench did not impose any restrictions on our license which apart from this incident had been without blemishfor more than 25 years," he said.

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