Manlys Hotel Steyne liquor license suspended

24 June, 2016 by Madeline Woolway

Hotel Steyne, in Manly, will shut down for a week in retribution for selling alcohol to underage girls.

Liquor & Gaming NSW (L&GNSW) has suspended the pub’s liquor licence for seven days from 4 July after the four girls were caught drinking there by police patrolling the venue about 11.30pm on 12 September, 2015, reported the Daily Telegraph.

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In February, licensee Stephen O’Sullivan was found guilty of four counts of allowing underage girls to remain in the hotel for more than three hours, but the venue was not given a “strike” under L&GNSW’s Three Strikes scheme.

However, two bar staff were fined $1100 each under the Minors Sanctions Scheme. The upcoming closure was ordered when one of the women failed to pay the fine.

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Arthur Laundy, co-owner of Hotel Steyne, told the Daily Telegraph the closure would cost him more than $100,000 in lost revenue and his casual staff would be out of work for a week.

“I’m flabbergasted by this,” he said.

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“I think the whole system has gone haywire. There is a vendetta there somewhere.

“These girls who got into the venue beat the system, and I put my hand up … but this is just ridiculous.”

Since its December 2014 introduction, 10 venues, including Hotel Steyne, have been listed on the Minors Sanctions Scheme register. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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