Liquor accord has a new team

DUBBO has a new executive committee for the city’s liquor accord, ready to continue a healthy relationship with licensees in 2012.

Secretary Jay Porter, from the Railway Bowling Club, and treasurer Paul Sutton, from the Garden Hotel, join new president Pat Finn from Wongarbon’s Ploughman’s Rest Tavern.

Mr Finn had previously been a chairman at the accord in Hawkesbury for seven years but thought it was important to be involved out west.

“I think it’s very important to the industry to have a good accord wherever you are, and I’m very happy to have a new executive team to do the job with me,” he said.

They acknowledged the outgoing team of Rob Powyer, Joanne Blair and Rod Firth, thanking them for their efforts during their time in position.

Mr Sutton said their first meeting with licensees and police representatives was yet to be held but their aims were clear.

“We want to be more active in the community with police, with licensing venues, and have a more positive vibe,” he said.

The new accord was not prepared to elaborate on their views of current policies having just formed, but suggested there would eventually be strong discussion.

“We want to be known for actively promoting responsible practices but we can’t comment on policies right now,” Mr Porter said.

Publicity manager Vivienne Hands said they were all impressed with their previous involvement in Dubbo Derby Day, where free water was provided to revellers.

“The police have told us the last two of those were good because of that and the new accord wants to promote that’s what we can do in Dubbo,” she said.

The Dubbo Liquor Accord covers Dubbo, Wongarbon, Geurie and Ballimore, and Mr Finn wants everyone on board.

“We need all licensed premises to be involved, that’s what will help us,” he said.

Their first meeting is on Sunday February 12, where the public is invited to attend alongside licensees.


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