Tavern's trading hours extended
THE drinks are ready to flow until midnight at the Pottsville Tavern following a decision by Tweed Shire councillors to allow extended trading hours.
The move, opposed only by Greens Party Councillor Katie Milne, means the pub will be given a 12 months trial period in which it can trade until midnight Monday to Saturday but must still close its doors at 10pm on Sundays.
Some locals, particularly neighbours close to the tavern, had opposed any extension of its current 10pm closing time, arguing houses were there before the tavern.
Yesterday, the tavern’s general manager Dean Williams said not only drinks would flow a little longer but diners would be able to eat leisurely meals later.
“It’s just normal business practices to me. It puts us on an even playing field,” Mr Williams said.
“Some people think we are going to turn it into a party house and have AC/DC. It’s not that, it’s a family pub.”
Mr Williams said presently in summer, late diners who got their meals around 9.30pm had to be told to finish their meals by 10pm.
In winter, patrons were unable to stay to watch the last Friday and Saturday night football games which finished around 11pm or 11.30pm.
A midnight licence would also encourage people to use the pub for birthday parties and other functions.
Given the growth of Pottsville, with new estates like Koala Beach, Seabreeze and Black Rocks, Mr Williams said the council decision was only fair to the majority of residents.