Saturday, 28 July 2012

Bikies' second liquor permit

A BIKIE club that recently set up at Smithton has had another liquor permit approved, but it is yet to lodge a permanent liquor licence application. The Black Uhlans Motorcycle Club established itself at the King St former electrical repair shop in May. It was granted a liquor permit for its first event in June, and State Treasury's Licensing and Gaming director Adrian Christian said yesterday it has had another approved for this Saturday, from 8pm to 2am. "There is no application for a liquor licence," Mr Christian said. He said permit conditions were the legal responsibility of the individual behind the application, not the organisation, in this case the Black Uhlans. "Whether the function is bingo or a chook raffle or whatever, ... that's not a matter for the commissioner to consider under the permit (application)," Mr Christian said. In May when news of the Black Uhlans' permanent presence spread at Smithton, Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said some residents had expressed concerns to him. However, he subsequently said he expected no trouble from the group, especially if there were no rival bikies in town.

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