Selling alcohol without a licence
In Maroochydore Magistrates Court in May – two licensees were penalised and convicted for selling liquor without a licence and supplying/allowing the consumption of liquor at an unauthorised time.
The Magistrate said that licensees have a public policy obligation to comply with the conditions on their licences and therefore a responsibility to familiarise themselves with all the conditions.
Failing to comply with a noise condition
Around 33 per cent of complaints received each year by OLGR are related to excessive noise and we need a united approach to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the needs and rights of both community and industry in this area. To assist with this, conditions are placed on some liquor licences that relate to the noise from entertainment, patrons or motors.
The licensee of a Gold Coast bar was recently prosecuted and fined $4,500 in the Southport Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a noise condition on two separate occasions in 2017. Prior to the prosecutions commencing, OLGR had worked with the licensee to address the noise issue, including issuing a number of warnings and infringement notices.