READY: Plantation Hotel general manager, Daniel Knox, said venue management are compliant and prepared to ensure patrons are safe and enjoy the festive season.
READY: Plantation Hotel general manager, Daniel Knox, said venue management are compliant and prepared to ensure patrons are safe and enjoy the festive season. Trevor Veale

Planto prepared for compliance checks

LICENCED venues on the Coffs Coast will come under the scrutiny of the The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing as they conduct compliance checks in the lead up to the Christmas and New Year periods.

OLGR director of compliance and enforcement Anthony Keon said the Regional Audit Program will focus on engagement and education to ensure compliance and heightened awareness of licence conditions, liquor and gaming laws and unannounced inspections aimed to test venue compliance.

Despite being named the most violent pub in NSW last month, Plantation Hotel general manager Daniel Knox is confident audits will go smoothly next week with venue management undertaking regular compliance checks and implementing extensive safety measures.

“It’s not something that we’re worried about, compliance is not something that you do last minute your venue need to be in a constant state of compliance and we always are,” Mr Knox said.

Government figures at the end of last month revealed the bar was the scene of 21 violent incidents from July 1, 2014 to June 30 this year, joining Sydney's Home Nightclub as the state's only Level 1 venues.

Plantation Hotel management and staff are working ‘above and beyond’ to ensure patrons enjoy celebrations over Christmas and New Years in safe environment.

Mr Knox said they refuses to sweep violence under the rug and will continue to report wrong-doing to police.

“I think that blokes and girls who carry on inappropriately need to be punished for their actions ... We want to educate the population this kind of behaviour is unacceptable,” Mr Knox said.

Licensed venues in Coffs Harbour, Yamba, Grafton, Sawtell, Urunga, Nambucca Heads, Maxville and Kempsey areas will be considered for inspections.



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