OLGR commended the work of southwest licensed venues.
OLGR commended the work of southwest licensed venues.

Liquor and gaming commends Roma venues … finally

AFTER numerous COVID-19 fines and several warnings, officers from Liquor and Gaming have finally commended Roma licensed venues.

Compliance officers from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) were in Roma over the September 18-20 weekend to check compliance with the Liquor Act 1992 and the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions.

“This visit was planned several months ago as part of OLGR’s routine proactive compliance checks,” an OLGR spokesperson said.

“While the previous inspection on September 4-5, was a specific investigation in response to complaints received about local venues.

“It was great to see venues that were reinspected had taken on board the advice from previous visits, and no breaches were detected.”

The investigation followed after leaked footage revealed patrons dancing on tables at The Club Hotel.

Officers did not proceed with issuing a COVID-19 infringement notice to the venue stating, “officers educated licensees on the matter and they will also receive formal correspondence reminding them of their obligations”.

Over that same weekend, officers found another Roma venue had breached the Liquor Act 1992.

Over September 18-20, officers visited venues in Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Wallumbilla and Roma.

“Officers observed excellent compliance, meaning enforcement action was not required,” the spokesperson said.

Officers will continue to travel to Roma and surrounding areas as part of OLGR’s risk-based compliance inspection program and to investigate alleged breaches as needed.

During these inspections, officers will assess compliance with liquor, gaming and public health requirements.