Five Byron venues being investigated for trading breaches

FIVE Byron Bay venues are being investigated for breaches of trading conditions after an Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) sweep of the tourist hub over the Labour day long weekend.

Officers identified a total of ten breaches in five venues, after conducting close to 30 inspections.

The breaches include permitting intoxication, failing to comply with licence conditions and failing to comply with primary purpose requirements.

In 2013, four Byron Bay venues were issues "show cause" notices by the OLGR over concerns about irresponsible alcohol promotions and the misuse and abuse of alcohol.

Following the blitz, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant announced the liquor regulator would be boosted with extra compliance officers and community access to a new merit-based appeal of licensing decisions.

The aim of the reforms is to better support the government's existing liquor police by increasing compliance capacity, clearing bottlenecks, removing inefficiencies and resolving community confusion in the current system.

A new regulator, Liquor and Gaming NSE, will replace the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing and have its numbers boosted to allow for stronger compliance operations.

"The new Liquor and Gaming NSW will be given a 20% boost in compliance capacity and have a surge force of up to 100 inspectors when required," Mr Grants said.


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