Wednesday 24 April, 2013
Hospitality Minister George Souris is encouraging people to commemorate Anzac Day in the true Australian spirit and behave responsibly.
"Anzac Day is one of our most important national occasions and a time for people to come together to respectfully remember those who fought and lost their lives for our country," Mr Souris said.
"While for many, a drink and a game of two-up at the local club or hotel is part of the Anzac tradition, we want to ensure that it is done responsibly.
"Nobody wants to see our national day of commemoration marred by drunkenness or alcohol-related anti-social behaviour, so we are calling on a responsible approach from patrons and a planned approach from licensees."
Mr Souris said the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) is reminding licensed premises about the need to introduce appropriate risk reduction measures ahead of Anzac Day.
"Licensees and their staff should be prepared to meet the additional challenges that can be associated with larger crowds, alcohol consumption and two-up on Anzac Day," Mr Souris said.
"These extra pressures can be managed by implementing strategies ahead of time to assess risk and ensure that appropriate policies and staffing resources are in place to ensure the adequate supervision and monitoring of patrons.
"OLGR has been engaging with a range of licensed premises ahead of Anzac Day to ensure they have appropriate alcohol and security management plans in place.
"An Anzac Day fact sheet has also been published on the OLGR website to assist licensees with their preparations for next Thursday.
"Information on the rules of Two-Up is also available online at www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au
"OLGR and police will be monitoring licensed premises on Anzac Day to ensure good order and compliance with the State’s liquor laws including the responsible promotion, service and sale of alcohol."