​New OLGR boss to drive alcohol reforms

Thursday 20 February, 2014   [PDF,29kb]


Minister for Hospitality and Racing, George Souris, today welcomed the appointment of Paul Newson as Executive Director of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR).

Mr Newson joined OLGR two years ago as the Director of Compliance and has been Acting Executive Director since December.

"Paul brings significant skills, knowledge and expertise from a range of senior compliance and enforcement roles and I welcome his appointment to this challenging and important position," Mr Souris said.

"Prior to joining OLGR he worked with IPART, Consumer Affairs Victoria, AUSTRAC, and Customs in increasingly senior roles in compliance and enforcement.

"He began his career in the Australian Army and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College, Duntroon. He has degrees in Law and Management from the University of NSW and Macquarie University as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.

"Under Paul’s leadership, OLGR is well placed to continue to play a leading role in implementing the NSW Government’s range of alcohol measures to improve the safety and amenity of our entertainment precincts and target alcohol-related violence.

"During his time at OLGR, Paul has already played an important part in major NSW Government initiatives including 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks which will come into force in the new Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct and Kings Cross Precinct on Monday (February 24).

"As Director of Compliance for OLGR, Paul led the comprehensive audit and investigative report into licensed venues in Kings Cross. This process resulted in stringent operating restrictions being imposed on 135 venues in the precinct.

"I look forward to continuing to work with Paul as we implement the range of alcohol reforms announced recently by the Government including annual risk-based licence fees for all licensed venues in NSW and a comprehensive Plan of Management for the new Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct. Paul will also play a leading role in assisting the Government to respond to the independent review of the liquor laws."

Mr Newson said he was looking forward to advancing OLGR’s leadership as a best practice industry regulator.

"OLGR will be focusing on delivering important regulatory reforms and high quality policy advice to Government as well as ensuring robust industry supervision through its compliance and enforcement role," Mr Newson said.

Mr Newson’s appointment follows the resignation of Elizabeth Tydd who was appointed NSW Information Commissioner late last year.

"I would like to thank Ms Tydd for her dedication and commitment over the four years she held the position of OLGR Executive Director," Mr Souris said.

Mr Newson’s appointment is the result of a merit-based competitive selection process.