In early February, a karaoke bar in Sunnybank became the second such venue in 2017 to be convicted and fined for multiple offences under the Liquor Act 1992.
The licensee company was fined $75,000 and a conviction recorded, for 25 charges under the Liquor Act between March and September 2016. The venue’s manager was also fined $9,000, with a conviction recorded, for 6 breaches of the Liquor Act during the same period.
Compliance officers from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) were alerted to problems at the venue during an Easter trading compliance operation in 2016.
On the eve of Good Friday, the officers reminded the manager of trading restrictions for Good Friday. When they returned on Good Friday morning the OLGR officers observed liquor being sold and consumed, in breach of the Liquor Act.
OLGR investigators returned in September 2016 to execute a search warrant while investigating trading restriction breaches on Good Friday and Anzac Day. Their search revealed significant non-compliance, with a total of 284 Liquor Act breaches identified.
The breaches included:
- failing to ensure that an approved manager was present after midnight
- failing to check CCTV equipment
- lack of fire extinguisher maintenance or certification
- failing to comply with licence conditions and the Brisbane City Council area additional compliance requirements
- serving liquor to patrons showing clear signs of undue intoxication, often outside the venue’s authorised trading hours
- serving rapid intoxication drinks after midnight.
OLGR investigators warned the licensee multiple times about the serious consequences of the venue’s non-compliance with the Liquor Act. The directors of the licensee company refused to cooperate with OLGR during the course of the investigation, ignored legislative notices, failed to provide accounting records required under the Act and displayed no remorse for the identified breaches.
Ongoing investigations may result in prosecution or disciplinary action being taken against other licensees.
To address this trend of non-compliance, over coming months OLGR will be progressing a program of compliance monitoring activities focusing on these types of venues.
Reference : https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/hospitality-tourism-sport/liquor-gaming/liquor/newsletter/current#Second-Sunnybank-karaoke-bar-in-2017-to-be-convicted-and-fined