Regulators urge caution for Australia Day weekend

25 January, 2019 by Craig Hawtin-Butcher

Hotels across the country are preparing for one of the busiest long weekends of the year, with Australia Day on Saturday, hotel trading hours extended on Sunday night and a public holiday Monday.

In New South Wales, regulators and the police are urging both hoteliers and patrons to look out for one another to ensure everyone has a good time.

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AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing John Green said hoteliers will be working closely with police throughout the long weekend and extra staff and security will be rostered on at licensed premises.

“Australia Day is a day to celebrate what it is to be Australian, but don’t be that person who spoils it for everyone,” said Mr Green.

“Hotels are a traditional place to celebrate our national day – from rooftop bars to beer gardens or the traditional suburban or country pub.

“Many pubs are offering live entertainment, a great atmosphere and a full range of quality food and beverages – so you can’t go wrong. But the message is simple – help look after your mates as anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated in our venues.

Mr Green said hoteliers are prepared for a busy – and hot – long weekend.

“The weather is expected to be warm again on Saturday, so make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day and pace yourself,” said Mr Green.

“Remember, there is no better or safer place to celebrate our national big day out than your local.”

Special event trading hours will be in place on Sunday 27 January, 2019 with closing extended from 10.00pm to midnight at hotels and clubs.