Horsham Sports and Community Club to host Good Sports seminar

LICENSED sporting clubs throughout the Wimmera can keep on top of liquor licence requirements at a Good Sports seminar at Horsham Sports and Community Club on Monday night.

The seminar will include a liquor licence information session for committee members and volunteers responsible for serving liquor at sporting clubs.

It is also open to prospective committee members and those who are interested in learning more about licence requirements.

The seminar will be presented by Good Sports First Step presenter Ian Fechner, police inspector Brendan Broadbent and licencing sergeant John Inverno.

Topics covered will include understanding the licence, legal responsibilities, club rules and intoxication.

Mr Fechner said the night targeted both summer and winter sporting clubs.

“There are constant changes with liquor licensing and compliance, and there is no reason why they should not be aware of what those rules are.

“Clubs are starting to realise it’s not just a case of, ‘great, we’ve got a licence, now we can do what we like’.

“It’s about what sort of licence they need and how it applies to their club, and one of the main parts is reading your licence and knowing what it allows you to do.”

Inspector Broadbent said the forum was good at solving potential problems before they arose.

“Club members can meet local police in an open forum where they can ask questions, and it helps us work together rather than against each other,” he said.

“Licences are really the lifeblood of a lot of these clubs.

“They use the licences to generate the funds that enable the club to exist, so it’s one of the most important aspects of a club.”

The cost of the seminar is $20 a club, with no limit on how many people from each club can attend.

It will run from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Organisers said people could call Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly on 5382 4599 for more information.

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