WHEN the Occidental Hotel had a development application approved by council last week to have extended trading hours upstairs, it sparked an ugly debate between the licensee, council and the police.
Canobolas LAC showed council dramatic video footage of an assault which took place outside the pub on January 13.
The issue sparked commentary from all levels of society about late night trading, binge drinking and violence in Orange.
In light of the negative attitudes towards late night venues, the general manager of the Occidental Hotel invited Central Western Daily journalist Nicole Kuter to spend a Saturday night at the venue to report on the good, the bad and the ugly of the industry.
Find out from Nicole Kuter's point of view what a typical night at the Occidental is like in tomorrow's Central Western Daily.
The story is the first in a series which covers:
- How to spot a drunk person.
- Life as a licensee.
- How much people spend on a night out.
- Why women walk home.
- Police and licensees- do they get along?
- How a few drinks, ended up in capsicum spray and a trip to the hospital.
These stories cover what Nicole Kuter saw between 11.30pm and 4am, Saturday February 9.