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Bad attitude pub fined $10,000

CHRIS THOMSON

The Stirling Arms Hotel in Guildford has been fined $10,000 after the WA liquor commission determined the attitude of its staff to law enforcers “could and should be improved”.

In a decision published yesterday, the commission concluded there was “some tension” between hotel managers and staff on one hand and police and liquor enforcement officers on the other.

“A greater effort by the management of the premises to co-operate with the police and involve the appropriate officers of the City of Swan would assist in overcoming the antisocial behaviour in the vicinity of Stirling Hotel,” the commission noted.

“Whilst acknowledging that these licensed premises are located in an area which gives rise to added pressure on the management of the premises … the obligation of licensees in respect of the overall management of their establishment [is] very clear.”

The Stirling Arms was fined $10,000 and ordered to improve its security camera coverage, implement a harm minimisation plan and draw up a code of conduct.

During the hearing into a complaint brought by police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, the hotel admitted its director Mr Aperahama Taonui Wairua had at one point behaved in a disorderly manner.

The hotel also admitted to not properly displaying its liquor licence, but disputed many other alleged breaches of the Liquor Control Act.

The commission upheld Mr O’Callaghan’s complaints that the Stirling Arms was not properly managed and the safety and welfare of patrons had been endangered at times.

Last month the commission demanded the hotel improve its security during band, karaoke and DJ performances after Guildford locals complained of unruly patron behaviour.

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