Iconic pub to be removed from 'most violent' list
The historic hotel The Mean Fiddler at Rouse Hill in Sydney's north west is set to be taken off the list of the state's most violent venues.
A successful campaign to drive out troublemakers and restore the venue's stellar reputation has seen the number of reported assaults at the venue drop from 73 in 2007-08 to just 10 in 2013-14.
The relentless crackdown was driven by management, the Hills Local Area Command and the local community.
The NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has confirmed the hotel is now eligible to apply for removal from the state's most violent venues list, due to be released in early December.
Multi-million dollar makeover
Changing its name to The Fiddler, the venue has also undergone a multi-million dollar facelift, transforming the Woolshed into a state of the art sports bar and converting its nightclub-style spaces into more relaxed bars.
The Fiddler's visual transformation includes 1700 pieces of new furniture, a wine lounge, live entertainment spaces and seating room for 900 people.
The vast outdoor space has also been softened with masses of greenery and new lighting.
Drinx Group Manager Brad Jenkins said he is committed to giving local families a safe and relaxed environment to enjoy quality dining and entertainment.
"The Fiddler is an institution with a rich history and it was important for us to stay true to that and earn back the trust of our patrons," Jenkins said.
"We had to look seriously at what we were doing to attract a certain kind of crowd and transform the way we do business."
"We've hired new security detail, brought in a talented new chef and bar staff and we've completely changed the way the place looks – giving it back that rustic, vintage charm – and the community is thanking us for it."
Sara Belling has been appointed the new General Manager of The Fiddler and is looking forward to taking the venue to a new level.
"As we come into Christmas party season, it's an exciting time to be leading the team and I'm looking forward to getting out on the floor and working closely with everyone to introduce a new experience in terms of food, beverage and entertainment for locals and families. We're really encouraging people to take a fresh look at The Fiddler," Belling said.
The renovations will be complete by Melbourne Cup Day on 4 November.