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​IGA supermarket liquor licence suspended for 14 days

Thursday 17 December 2015       [PDF,138kb]

A southern Sydney supermarket has become the fifth NSW venue to have its liquor licence suspended for illegally selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18.

The liquor licence of IGA Yarrawarrah near Engadine has been suspended for 14 days after selling a 17-year-old a 10 pack of bourbon and cola without checking his age identification.

About 5.30pm on 12 June 2015, Police observed the 17-year-old enter the store and purchase the alcohol before leaving and meeting a 16-year-old youth. When questioned, the 17-year-old said he had purchased alcohol from the store on a number of occasions without being asked for age identification.

Police also reported a secondary supply incident detected at the store on a later date involving an adult purchasing alcohol and supplying it to a minor under the age of 18.

Under laws introduced by the NSW Government last December, licensees can have their liquor licences suspended for up to 28 days for convictions of selling alcohol to minors.

The Royal Hotel in Temora was the first venue to face a suspension under the

escalated sanctions scheme in June; followed by the Liquor Stax bottle shop at Terrigal in August; the Liquorland bottle shop at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi

Junction in October; and the Palbok House restaurant at Lidcombe in November.

OLGR has now suspended the liquor licence of IGA Yarrawarrah for a fortnight from Thursday 17 December until 30 December 2015. The venue also faced a $1,100 fine and incurred a strike under the Three Strikes disciplinary scheme.

"The escalated sanctions scheme sends a strong message to industry about the importance of complying with underage drinking laws and that the unlawful supply of alcohol to minors under 18 can have significant commercial consequences," OLGR Director of Compliance and Enforcement Anthony Keon said.

"In this case it means IGA Yarrawarrah will be unable to sell alcohol over the busy Christmas period.

"Licensees and staff need to be alive to the dangers of selling alcohol to minors particularly this time of year when many under 18s are celebrating the end of high school and exam results or just see it as a time to party. Licensees need to be vigilant and ensure they have practices in place, including stringent ID checks of young people, to prevent underage offences occurring on their premises."