Clubs support move to reduce alcohol fuelled violence
CLUBS Queensland have thrown their support behind a State Government initiative aimed at reducing alcohol fuelled violence.
Proposed Palaszczuk Government legislation plans to cease alcohol service at 2am across Queensland.
The proposal would allow Safe Night Out precincts to individually decide whether they opt for a 1am lockout and to stop serving alcohol at 3am, or if a 2am closing time suits the needs of the community better.
Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart said he was pleased to see an outcome which balanced the needs of clubs and the community.
"It is clear that something needed to change to address the impact of alcohol in the night economy and trading hours is a big factor," said Mr Flockhart.
"Clubs Queensland has long advocated for earlier closing times, and we support the ability for precincts to choose what model works best for business and consumers alike.
"It is pleasing to see that the Government has worked collaboratively with industry broadly to develop a more workable solution that identifies local issues and adopts a precinct based model that targets issues where they predominately occur.
"The Government's proposed reforms means that venues will still be able to apply for extended trading hours on days of significance such as New Years Eve or important sporting events, as already occurs.
"Clearly there needs to be a cultural shift when it comes to pre-loading and abusing alcohol and we welcome the Government's acknowledgment of this via their commitment to introduce a public awareness and education campaign that supplements legislative change.
"Queensland must continue to be a tourist destination, and by making the late night economy safer, Queenslanders, Australian's and overseas visitors will be able to safely enjoy all that Queensland's night life has to offer."