'another symptom of the nanny state': local pub is forced to stop using its popular courtyard bbq because neighbours don't like the smell - and threatened with an $8,000-a-day fine - charcoal grill
A local bar was asked to stop using a courtyard barbecue because the neighbors did not like the taste of the barbecue.
This welcome hotel in Barman, Sydney, has been running a popular Australian barbecue for many years and was upgraded to charcoal barbecue in 2017.
But last week, bar owner Liam O'Keefe was ordered to stop using
After at least one neighbor complained to the local council, I enjoyed the culinary tradition.
The Nexi Council issued a precautionary notice to Mr. okiev prohibiting him from using the barbecue and warned that if he continued to use it, he would be fined up to $8,000 per day.
"Every time you try to make a difference in your business so that it doesn't turn into an apartment, there will be some junk red tape," he told Australia's Daily Mail . ".
"I'm losing money every day and the grill is not open, an excellent addition to the bar, about 45-
Half our weekend income.
The Inner West District Council declined to say how many people or complaints it actually received about the barbecue.
On November, City Rangers conducted a preliminary inspection of the hotel and found no violation of health and safety, food safety or planning laws.
Mr. O'Keefe then voluntarily reduced the operation time to 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday and 3 hours on Friday night.
To reduce the smell of cooking, he also removed seafood and pickled food from the menu.
Only chicken and tacos are on the menu.
However, the council asked him to close the grill, and when he refused, the council issued a precautionary notice on March 29 ordering the grill to be stopped by April 3.
"The Parliament has received many complaints related to the excessive smoke and odor generated by charcoal barbecues located outdoors," the notice wrote . ".
From a distance of more than 50 m, the Blue Smoke, smoke and cooking smell are obvious.
The council threatened to welcome the hotel to continue to operate the barbecue after April 3, with a daily fine of up to $8,000.
It continues that the operation of the charcoal grill has the potential to have a negative impact on the comfort and environment of the neighbouring residence.
"Its operation produces unpleasant smells, smoke feathers and may have an impact on the health of neighboring neighbors.
It says that the "nature, intensity, duration, frequency and volume" of smoke and odor cause "air pollution" as defined by the Environmental Protection Act ".
The Welcome Hotel can only operate a barbecue if a system is installed to capture or disperse the smoke, which Mr O'Keefe says is impractical.
Everyone wants bars around, he said, but because they can't cope with overregulation, a lot of bars are closed.
If I did what they asked, I would have to go through a long process of developing applications, and I spent $200,000 a few years ago on 10-
Dining room seating.
Mr. O'Keefe has launched a petition against the end of the barbecue, saying it is a symptom of the new state of "nanny status.
The bar is part of the Balman Peninsula structure and is increasingly threatened by red tape and bureaucratic procedures, he said.
The Nexi Council said its officials tried to help the bar find a solution, but its proposal was ignored.
Owners were advised to stop running barbecues until they discussed with council planners how to manage smoke and took measures such as proper ventilation, the statement said.
Officials have tried to avoid formal action by the Security Council.
Previously, this method was successful in many other local bars.
The owner of the company chose to ignore the proposal and the company's regulators were forced to issue a formal order.
The mayor of the inner west side, Darcy Bourne, agreed to meet with the owner to discuss the order.