Underage drinking, unlicensed security at The Grand



THE Grand Hotel is under investigation by the Liquor Licensing Division after a series of breaches mainly involving underage drinking were uncovered during a raid on Friday night.

The hotel was handed $1575 in fines from seven breaches to the Liquor Act during the operation which targeted a number of local hotels.

A Liquor Licensing Division spokesperson also said a referral for prosecution was made to the Office of Fair Trading for employing five unlicensed security providers.

One unlicensed security officer was hit with a $525 fine for allowing a minor to enter a licensed premises.

Both the licensee, Grand Hotel Operations Pty Ltd, and nominee, Bob See, are currently under investigation by the Liquor Licensing Division for the breaches.

The Observer yesterday reported that the Grand Hotel closed its doors on Wednesday afternoon when voluntary administrators moved in to take over management.

Former manager Bob See was dismissed on Wednesday and replaced by Michael Jones.

The hotel's administrator, KordaMentha, on Wednesday said it was aware of the breaches.

KordaMentha partner Damian Bender said the hotel would remain closed until a Workplace Health and Safety audit was completed and he could assure staff and customers it was a safe environment.

The Liquor Licensing Division spokesperson said other Gladstone hotel licensees were also served with infringement notices during the weekend operation, but details were not available yesterday.

Warnings and infringement notices: * Warning for non-compliant signage;

* Referral for prosecution to the Office of Fair Trading for employing five unlicensed security providers;

* Infringement Notice ($300) for removal of liquor after hours after a minor was detected by police leaving the premises with liquor after 12.30am; * Infringement Notice ($225) for a minor being on licensed premises;

* Infringement Notice ($225) for a minor consuming liquor on licensed premises;

* Infringement Notice ($525) to an unlicensed security officer for allowing the minor to enter licensed premises; and

* Two infringement notices ($300 each) issued by police for removal of liquor by patrons after 12.30am.

As a result of these infringements, the licensee and the nominee are both separately under investigation for: n Permitting a minor on a licensed premise

* Allowing a minor to con- sume liquor on a licensed premises.



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