Tamworth licensees sign up to new alcohol laws

TAMWORTH’S tough new alcohol crackdown has been signed, sealed and delivered as locals head out to celebrate the silly season this weekend.

Licensees signed on the dotted line yesterday morning in front of Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing representatives, meaning the rules were ratified immediately.

Revellers are now subject to 12.30am lockouts, no shots at all times, no mixed energy drinks after 9pm and a “barred from one, barred from all” policy.

Locals in a shout will also be restricted to purchasing only four drinks at a time and last drinks are sold 15 minutes before close every night.

Accord chair Roger Rumble said licensees were on the front foot but it was up to patrons to take responsibility for their own actions.

“The accord is good, everyone is happy with the proposals,” he said.

“The next thing is to look to council to improve the lighting and CCTV.

“I think that’s where we’d like to see things rolling for safety in and around the main street and the CBD precinct of Tamworth.”

The unprecedented crackdown targeting anti-social and alcohol-related crime has made headlines around the state.

“OLGR seem to be very happy with what we’re doing and not only that – I’ve had people ring from Albury accord, Orange accord, so other accords are interested in what we’re doing,” Mr Rumble said.

“We’re already on the front foot with this, trying to make our venues safe and patrons happy, and we have a duty of care to them.”

The accord agreement covers all businesses that sell or supply alcohol in the Tamworth district.

And the warnings are flashing for those who continue to play up.

“For the people who don’t want to do that and want to cause the problems, well, police will be on our side,” Mr Rumble warned.

Mr Rumble said, ultimately,  they will be the losers in the end when there is nowhere to go.

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