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Friday 29 May 2015
Government reforms to liquor laws and strong compliance operations have resulted in a 39 per cent reduction in serious incidents at venues on the ‘violent venues’ list.
Over the past 12 months, 182 violent incidents were recorded, a dramatic reduction from the 300 recorded over the previous period.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice Troy Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s combination of serious penalties and increased scrutiny is forcing licensed venues to be safer.
"It just doesn’t add up to run a violent venue – it’s harder, more expensive and you run the risk of losing your liquor licence for life," Mr Grant said.
There are now just 13 venues on the list, the lowest number since it began in 2008.
"With just 13 venues now on this list, it sends a clear message places like IVY in Sydney’s CBD and the Beachcomber Resort on the Central Coast to clean up their acts and put community safety first," Mr Grant said.
"Unfortunately two new additions to the list; the Plantation Hotel in Coffs Harbour and Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay have shown there is still some work to do."
The updated list can be found on the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racings website:
Please see attached fact sheet and complete list of violent venues effective 1 June 2015
Restrictions applying to Level 1 venues (19 or more violent incidents in a year)
Restrictions applying to Level 2 venues (12 to 18 violent incidents in a year)
**Government has made a special case in keeping Beachcomber Resort and Conference Centre listed at Level 1 due to its fluctuating record on violence.
* New to the list and must comply with special conditions from 8 June 2015
* Were listed as Level 1 venues in last round
Risk-based licence fee loadings in 2016