I had thought The Venue had died a controversial death some months ago, can anyone clarify that?
In any event Simon Corbell has announced that the company running the Erindale boozer’s sole director has copped a slew of fines.
- “”The company’s sole director was fined in the ACT Magistrates Court for employing security staff without holding a master licence and failing to have a current workers compensation policy,” Mr Corbell said.
“The Liquor Board also made a decision to impose penalties on the Venue for employing security staff without holding a master licence.
“In addition on three occasions, liquor licensing inspectors found that a fire-exit door had not been kept clear during business hours and in two instances it was locked.
“Failing to keep fire exits clear is a dangerous practice and could result in an order that the premises close for business.
“There were also matters relating to the state of repair of the premises and the presence of a person under the age of 18 in a bar area.”
Apparently this is intended to serve as a warning to other proprietors throughout Canberra, although suspending nearly half the fine as some sort of guarantee of good behaviour strikes me as gutless. Give them the full fine and if there’s bad behaviour in future fine them again.
There’s never an excuse for locked fire exits.