Six patrons have been barred from every licensed premises in Cootamundra following a recent crackdown on bad behaviour.
Bans range from 12 months up to a lifetime ban in one instance.
Cootamundra licensees, with the backing of Cootamundra Police, are taking a tough stance re-enforcing a ‘Barred from One, Barred from All’ policy after a spate of antisocial behaviour, including the glassing of a man by a 36-year-old from Cootamundra in a local licensed premises on Christmas Eve.
This policy has been in place for some time, however at a recent Cootamundra Liquor Accord meeting, it was agreed the multi-venue barring policy must be used to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for those patrons who do the right thing.
The Liquor Accord includes all licenses premises in Cootamundra, Stockinbingal and Wallendbeen as well as liquor sale outlets in Cootamundra including IGA, BWS and the Big O Drive-Thru Bottlemart.
Liquor Accord Chairman Brad Shields said while most patrons behave responsibly in local pubs and clubs, there is unfortunately at times a minority of people who demonstrate significantly inappropriate behaviour.
“Cootamundra Liquor Accord members are committed to providing a safe, relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for the vast bulk of responsible patrons by stamping out bad behaviour,” Mr Shields said.
“The multi-venue barring policy aims to reinforce acceptable standards of behaviour in local venues and send a strong message to troublemakers – behave yourself or you’re out the door – from all venues in Cootamundra,” he added.
A person may be ejected or refused entry if they display:
- Threatening or aggressive behaviour
- Anti-social or disorderly behaviour
- Vandalism, malicious damage or repeated disturbance
- Repeated intoxication
- Refusing to leave a venue when requested
- Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs
- Any criminal activity
Severe penalties exist under the Liquor Act 2007 if a person does not comply with the multi-venue barring policy.