Breaches recorded at City venue

ACT Policing identified 11 underage persons in a licensed establishment during a multi-agency Liquor Licensing inspection on Sunday (June 28).

Between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, ACT Policing Regional Targeting Team members and partner agencies inspected the Magpies City Club on Bunda Street, City, after information was received that the adult-only venue was hosting a function advertised as an ‘all-ages’ event. As an adult-only venue, young persons are only allowed to attend if under the immediate care of a parent or guardian.

During the inspection, ACT Policing identified 11 young people, under the age of 18-years-old, who were not in the care of a parent or guardian. The details of the young persons were taken and police contacted their parents and guardians to ensure their safe departure from the venue.

Access Canberra officers from WorkSafe ACT, Liquor Compliance, Environment Protection and the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission also participated in the operation.

As a result, the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission identified issues with potential breaches of the Gaming Machine Act in relation to persons not being club members and guests not being signed in and accompanied by the member.  These are now the subject of ongoing investigations by the Commission. WorkSafe ACT documented a number of safety issues as a result of the operation and provided these to the club for rectification.

Police are now in the process of preparing a brief of evidence against the Magpies City Club for offences of under the Liquor Act (2010) which will be placed before the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.