Wycliffe Well roadhouse caught breaching liquor licence by selling alcohol to drunk customers – ABC News

An outback roadhouse known as the UFO capital of Australia has been caught breaching its licence by selling alcohol to intoxicated customers. 

Wycliffe Well roadhouse, located about 130 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, is a remote fuel station, restaurant and holiday park famous for its unexplained extraterrestrial sightings.

It has also been the subject of a complaint to the Liquor Commission after police visited in August last year and found at least 30 people intoxicated and about a dozen “engaged in fist-fights”.

The commission found that although not all those people had bought alcohol from the roadhouse, a very substantial amount of alcohol had undoubtedly been sold that day by the licensee. 

One police officer with 25 years of experience told the commission he had never seen so many drunk people at a roadhouse before and that when he reviewed the CCTV footage, the venue looked more like a pub.

The officers told the liquor regulator they broke up the fights and drove an intoxicated and distressed woman to her home at Ali Curung, an Indigenous community about 40 kilometres south-east of the roadhouse. 

One of the officers, who had been stationed at Ali Curung for 10 months, said domestic violence was a big problem in the community and was “mainly all alcohol”.

The commission was asked to investigate four alleged breaches of the venue’s restaurant licence, including one barring staff from serving alcohol to anyone not eating food on the premises.

An outback roadhouse with aliens painted on the outside.An outback roadhouse with aliens painted on the outside.
One police officer described the scene that day as “chaos”.(Wikimedia Commons)

The venue, described by police at the time as having about 40 seats scattered around a beer garden, a pool room and other locations, must also appear and function as a restaurant.

The other three breaches alleged staff sold alcohol to drunk patrons, failed to remove them when drunk and failed to ensure they were seated.

CCTV footage played at the hearing showed one woman purchasing about 10 standard drinks in an hour and a half.

Later, the woman is seen stumbling and leaning on a table in the beer garden, before wrapping her arm around the neck of another person who helps her walk out of the premises. 

The respondent told the commission staff would usually inspect customers but it was an unusually busy day because of a funeral and the release of pension payments.

He said the premises became so overwhelmed with customers that he started to refuse people entry from about 2:00pm.

He also said it could be difficult to tell if customers were drunk because some were “functioning alcoholics” who could mask it well.

Following a prolonged investigation marred by interruptions, the commission found Wycliffe Well roadhouse had breached its licence by selling alcohol to intoxicated people, failing to remove drunk people from the premises and by failing to ensure customers were seated when drinking alcohol. 

Following the incident, the Wycliffe Well roadhouse manager — with whom the officers said they had a good relationship — chose to impose his own limit of three cans of VB per person per day, before raising the limit to four cans. 

He also posted notices around the premises reminding customers to be seated when drinking alcohol and eating food, as well as moving tables and chairs into a room for meals.

The commission determined the licensee must now limit customers to six standard drinks per person per day by attaching wristbands that show a tally of drinks purchased.

The licensee must also install and operate an upgraded CCTV surveillance system at the point of sale to record items being purchased.

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