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JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group has made two appointments to its national hotels team: Nick Butler joins JLL based in Sydney from Manenti Quinlan Hotel Brokers and Will Connolly joins JLL based in Melbourne from CBRE. Mr Butler has a strong hotel transaction record, with 20 transactions over the past 18 months in his previous role. He also founded, and later sold, his own wine wholesaling business, Cogito, bringing hands-on industry experience. Mr Connolly has transacted multiple boutique hospitality and freehold hotel venues. With a 70-year family background in hotel broking, he will focus on the Melbourne market and across southern states.

An eastern suburbs psychiatrist has avoided losing his licence to practice, despite a tribunal finding he breached professional boundaries after going on a night out at the Star Casino with a patient he knew had a problem with gambling. Dr Nathan Fleisch — who practices out of Bondi and Botany — landed himself in hot water and faced a series of serious allegations after the out of office interactions with a patient he had consulted 19 times. Some of the Health Care Complaints Commission’s allegations included claims he asked to borrow money from the 69-year-old man he was treating for a raft of mental health issues, a claim Dr Fleisch denied In one incident, it was alleged the pair got into an altercation at the casino after the patient lost $30,000 in one go, a claim that was also denied by Dr Fleisch, who attempted to stop the man from gambling away more. The health practitioner watchdog also brought forward allegations the Maroubra physician offered his patient alcohol during consultations, which Dr Fleisch again denied, and that he had even stayed in his patient’s VIP room at the casino. The 50-year-old told the The Civil and Administration Tribunal he “should have known better” as his own gambling addiction was costing him $4000 to $5000 a week. The tribunal heard Dr Fleisch now considers The Star, where the events unfolded and where he was once a VIP member, “an evil place” and that the whole saga was a “mistake and a huge wake-up call”. A fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Dr Fleisch moved to the east after stints at the Bankstown Hospital and the Northern Area Health service. He has practised out of Bondi Junction and Botany since 2012. Dr Fleisch was unable to be reached for comment. Character references tendered reveal Dr Fleisch was remorseful for his behaviour and that he was “very concerned for the welfare of patients”. The tribunal found the four complaints brought before it by the HCCC were established, though some of the particulars were not proven. The HCCC had submitted that suspending or cancelling Dr Fleisch’s licence was justified, but that a reprimand was appropriate as some of the boundary violations were less serious. As part of the of the findings, Dr Fleisch can no longer treat new patients without discussing it with a supervisor first.

A loved-up couple caught on CCTV sharing an intimate moment on the lawn outside Mindil Beach Casino Resort have left court with red faces and good behaviour bonds. The Darwin Local Court heard Tiras Escobar, 43, and Michelle Mununggurr, 39, spent the afternoon sharing a romantic drink before settling down on the grass for a quickie on March 12. Court documents show the casino’s cameras recorded Mununggurr performing a brief sex act on Escobar lasting “approximately three seconds” near the main car park at about 5.10pm. A short time later the pair were approached by security and asked to leave before police were called in and both were arrested for their frisky faux pas. Escobar and Mununggurr were each charged and later pleaded guilty to performing an act of gross indecency in a public place. Their lawyer, Elana Scoufis, told the court her clients, who had recently been homeless, were in a long-term relationship and “love each other very much”. Ms Scoufis argued the couple’s romp wasn’t as public as it might have been, saying “it’s not as if it was in the middle of Mitchell St on a busy day”. “I have perhaps had the misfortune of seeing that CCTV and there is a grassy patch, it was not right outside the front entrance of the casino, there was very minimal foot traffic,” she said. “It seems that it (only) came to the attention of anybody because security were watching the security cameras outside the casino so it’s not the case that a great number of (people) had to view this particular act.” Judge Elisabeth Armitage disagreed, saying “it was a pretty public location” but prosecutor Bahareh Jaber did not object to Ms Scoufis’s argument a good behaviour bond would be punishment enough for the couple’s indiscretion.

The Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group is facing a s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy), before Fair Work Commissioner Cirkovic in Court 7 – Level 6 in the Fair Work Commission in Melbourne (Napaul).

A s.185 (Enterprise agreement) application by the Australian National Hotels Pty Ltd t/a Wrest Point Hotel Casino for its Wrest Point Hotel Casino Enterprise Agreement 2017 has been ratified by Fair Work Deputy President Colman, in Melbourne, on 11 July 2019.

Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd has a brace of s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) claims being heard by Fair Work Deputy President Lake in Hearing Room 4, in Brisbane (Ingall/Halicos).

Compass Group is defending a s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) in front of Fair Work Deputy President Binet in Conference Room 12.34 in Perth (Mullen).

Gareth Williamson joins Sunshine Coast Airport as General Manager Aviation Business Development, responsible for the management and implementation of the airport’s airline marketing and relationship management strategy to increase the volume of flights and passengers through the airport.