Donna and Mathew Naismith from Maryborough enjoyed a chilled-out pub crawl last year.
Donna and Mathew Naismith from Maryborough enjoyed a chilled-out pub crawl last year.

Heavy drinks approved for pub fest

MID-STRENGTH alcohol restrictions and mandatory water breaks no longer apply to this year’s World’s Greatest Pub Fest.

The name change from crawl to fest and a number of measures to encourage responsible drinking were taken into account by Liquor Licensing when it decided on Friday not to impose alcohol restrictions to Maryborough’s world-renowned event.

“It is good news from an operational point of view,” pub fest committee chair and Fraser Coast councillor Anne Nioa said.

“We weren’t concerned about mid-strength beer because most people already drink that. It was the mid-strength spirits that we were concerned might have caused delays and, in turn, resulted in some conflict. However, this ensures publicans are able to serve as fast as they can.”

Instead of alcohol restrictions, the office has recommended that each venue appoints a Responsible Service of Alcohol marshal whose sole responsibility from 3pm is to monitor the intoxication levels of patrons.

“We’re very mindful that the pub fest is classified as a risky event so we’re constantly working to make sure it’s safe and fun,” Ms Nioa said.

This year’s official pub crawl route includes the Westside Tavern, Lamington Hotel, Carriers Arms, Shamrock Hotel, Post Office Hotel, Lounge 1868, Criterion Hotel, Granville Hotel, Old Sydney Hotel, Oxford Hotel, Aussie Hotel and three charity pubs.

It is expected to be bigger than last year’s pink-themed record-breaker in which more than 4600 people had their official crawl card stamped at least 10 pubs.

The committee has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and, in turn, this year’s theme will be blue.

The 2010 World’s Greatest Pub Fest will be held on Sunday, June 13.

For more information visit www.worldsgreatestpubfest.com.au.



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