Midnight shutdown remains in place for La La Land nightclub

BYRON Bay nightclub La La Land has lost an appeal to have longer Sunday trading hours reinstated after they were shortened to midnight in 2013.

The club's licensees launched a failed bid in to remain open until 3am last year.

An appeal to the Supreme Court was also dismissed last week.

The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority reduced the Sunday operating hours after the club failed its "public interest" test.

"We are very reluctant to grant extended trading hours at all, and especially after 2am when the community is already over-exposed to alcohol-related violence or disturbance," the authority's chairman Chris Sidoti said during a public speech

The court found no error had been made in dismissing La La Land's original bid to have the shorter opening hours overturned.

The licensees were ordered to pay all of the authority's legal costs.

Management was issued warnings in 2013 after undercover Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing agents found it had let people enter after lockout, served alcoholic energy drinks after 2am , failed to provide adequate security and served more than four drinks to a single customer after midnight.

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