Being slack costs hotel $2000
SMOKERS are sometimes instructed to go outside to get their nicotine fix but a Southern Downs hotel has been fined more than $2000 for not having a smoking management plan on show.
Brooklyn Cooper's Royal Hotel at Leyburn pleaded guilty at the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday for failing to display a notice in or near a designated outdoor smoking area or having a smoking management plan available for perusal by patrons at request.
The famous Shane Webcke hotel was inspected by an Environmental Health officer in early February this year where during a routine inspection asked to be shown the smokers' “where-to” guide under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Product Act 1998.
Court documents revealed the former husband and wife team meant the female partner was key to book keeping as he “didn't think” the hotel had such plans.
“The wife's just gone to town so I'm not sure what she's got,” the officer wrote in a statement.
“He understood it was an offence (and when questioned) why he couldn't supply the documents he said ‘Just 'cause I'm slack'.”
Visiting Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said the hotel had been cautioned many times about the failure to display the smoking plan but the offence was not a serious breach.
The Royal Hotel was fined a total of $2189.30 which included professional and summons fees referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Register. No conviction was recorded.