A FORMER Port Macquarie licensee has been given a good behaviour bond and fined for offences relating to licensing breaches.
Adam David Barbuto, 44, of Anita Crescent, Port Macquarie faced Port Macquarie local court on November 22 in relation to the offences that took place between September 2015 and November 2016 at ‘The Pier’ on Clarence Street.
Mr Barbuto was charged with 37 licensing-related offences. He pleaded guilty to three counts of permitting intoxication charges and 34 other licensing offences under Form 1.
The other offences included failing to comply with conditions on licence (CCTV), failing to comply with conditions on licence (consume liquor standing on footpath), failing to comply with conditions on licence (entertainment after 11pm) and failing to comply with conditions on licence (carry liquor off premises).
Mr Barbuto was given an 18 month good behaviour bond for two of the offences, and fined $1500 with a conviction to be recorded for the other offence.
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority also had its say at a meeting on October 26, where it finalised a disciplinary complaint made on May 4, 2016, under part 9 of the Liquor Act 2007 (Act) by a delegate of the Secretary of the Department of Justice.
The complaint concerned Mr Barbuto in his role as the then licensee of The Pier.
The Authority decided, pursuant to section 141(2)(f) of the Act, to disqualify Mr Barbuto from holding a licence, being the approved manager of licensed premises or being the close associate of a licensee, with respect to any licensed premises in New South Wales, for a period of 10 years.
The Authority has further decided, pursuant to section 141(2)(d) of the Act, to suspend Mr Barbuto’s RSA Certificate for a period of six months.
The Authority has also imposed conditions on the premises which include that an RSA marshall will be rostered on every night at 8pm, that there be no sale or supply of alcohol in the form of “shots” on the premises and to vary the existing condition numbered “10510” on the licence so that the cameras for the CCTV system will also expressly be required to cover all service areas on the premises.