Ahead of pack

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | November 8th, 2017

A BAN on dogs in pubs in the Inner West will be reversed, with Mayor Darcy Byrne saying it's a "win for commonsense".
Mayor Byrne, who moved the motion, said the council would immediately begin consultation with publicans, punters and pooches to come up with a commonsense system that will welcome dogs back into local pubs, while upholding food safety standards.
"Dogs are part of the unique pub culture throughout the Inner West and I'm delighted that pooches can now return to their rightful place," Mayor Byrne said.
"For decades State Government food safety regulations have been upheld and enforced without a need to implement a blanket ban on dogs being allowed in pubs where a hotelier and their customers agree that dogs are welcome.
"The Government has no place implementing a nanny state ban.
"There's no reason why the council can't exercise sensible discretion and judgement to ensure flexibility exists to keep this great tradition alive.
"The council will now consult with publicans and punters to develop a policy that upholds food safety regulations while welcoming dogs back into pubs."
One Newtown hotel that is ahead of the pack, the Courthouse Hotel is already a dog-friendly venue.
Manager Steph says she thinks it's a great idea for more pubs to get on board with the dog-friendly initiative.
"Of course, it's much easier for us since we've got a beautiful, spacious outdoor section and there are owners and their pooches taking advantage of that space in the sunshine every day from 10am when we open," she added.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 132474 | Viewcount: 6661