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Daylesford car crash: The single picture that lays bare locals’ fury over the pub beer garden tragedy that ripped apart two young families

Residents of a small rural community still reeling from a beer garden crash that claimed the lives of five people claim the local council ignored safety concerns. 

Five members of two young families were killed and an 11-month-old baby was injured and when an SUV ploughed through a packed pub beer garden in Daylesford, about 90 minutes’ drive north-west of Melbourne, last Sunday. 

Locals have hit out at Hepburn Shire Council amid claims it ignored safety fears over the location of the beer garden on a grassy area near the historic Royal Daylesford Hotel. 

Residents are calling for safety bollards to be installed at the site with some claiming  on social media that safety concerns were made clear to the council years ago. 

On Thursday, Victoria’s safety watchdog WorkSafe told Daily Mail Australia it had not ruled out launching an investigation into the operation of the beer garden

Unlike traditional beer gardens, the Royal’s beer garden was not located inside the boundaries of the pub. 

Five members of two young families were killed and an 11-month-old baby was injured and when an SUV ploughed through a packed pub beer garden (pictured) - without any barrier between it and the road - in Daylesford, north-west of Melbourne

Five members of two young families were killed and an 11-month-old baby was injured and when an SUV ploughed through a packed pub beer garden (pictured) – without any barrier between it and the road – in Daylesford, north-west of Melbourne

Residents are calling for safety bollards to be installed at the site with some claiming on social media that safety concerns were made clear to the council years ago

Residents are calling for safety bollards to be installed at the site with some claiming on social media that safety concerns were made clear to the council years ago 

Pictured: A graphic showing how the horrific Daylesford beer garden car crash unfolded

Pictured: A graphic showing how the horrific Daylesford beer garden car crash unfolded 

‘In response to this tragic and devastating incident, WorkSafe is working to provide support to impacted workers and first responders and is assessing whether further action is required,’ WorkSafe executive director of health and safety Narelle Beer said. 

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The ultimate guide to beer gardens for you to enjoy across Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has some fabulous beer gardens for you to enjoy. (Photo: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash)

Northern Ireland has some fabulous beer gardens for you to enjoy. (Photo: Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash)

From pubs with historical significance in the heart of Belfast to quaint rural bars for a quieter tipple, there are lots of options to choose from across Northern Ireland if you want to relax in an informal outdoor setting.

Take a look at this ultimate guide to beer gardens across Northern Ireland.

Pug Uglys expanded in July 2020 by opening The Bone Yard, an outdoor drinking setting that is as enjoyable as it is relaxing. Picture: The Bone Yard via Facebook

Pug Uglys expanded in July 2020 by opening The Bone Yard, an outdoor drinking setting that is as enjoyable as it is relaxing. Picture: The Bone Yard via Facebook

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The Thirsty Goat, Belfast

One of the newest features in Belfast’s bustling Cathedral Quarter, The Thirsty Goat offers an outdoor seating area that is as lively as the interior.

Famous for its taxidermied centrepiece, choose from a perfectly pulled pint or curiously concocted cocktail for your drink of choice.

Based in Cookstown, The Jailbird Bar is a modern speakeasy bar with a bright twist thanks to its vibrant interior. Picture: Jailbird Garden Bar via Facebook

Based in Cookstown, The Jailbird Bar is a modern speakeasy bar with a bright twist thanks to its vibrant interior. Picture: Jailbird Garden Bar via Facebook

For more information, go to thethirstygoat.co.uk

The Dirty Onion, Belfast

Situated just next door to The Thirsty Goat, The Dirty Onion is a great option if it’s chicken you’re after.

The beer garden at Sally McNally's in Portadown even features an outdoor stove where you can order one of their iconic handmade pizzas.. Picture: Sally McNally's via Facebook.

The beer garden at Sally McNally’s in Portadown even features an outdoor stove where you can order one of their iconic handmade pizzas.. Picture: Sally McNally’s via Facebook.

Their famous Yardbird restaurant can be enjoyed alongside their extensive list of craft beers, so pick your accompaniments and sit for hours.

For more information, go to thedirtyonion.com

The Dark Horse Courtyard, Belfast

The Dark Horse Courtyard centres around Belfast’s culturally diverse art scene, featuring a variety of street art on its surrounding walls.

You can also find Belfast poet Seamus Heaney’s words transcribed into stone for a

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