Steve Aylward from Queensland Hotels Association pictured with Liquor Accord members, was the guest speaker at the recent Liquor Accord meeting in Yeppoon.
Steve Aylward from Queensland Hotels Association pictured with Liquor Accord members, was the guest speaker at the recent Liquor Accord meeting in Yeppoon. Trish Bowman

Cutting through red tape in liquor industry on Cap Coast

CAPRICORN Coast Liquor Accord held a special meeting on Thursday where Mr Steve Aylward from Queensland Hotel Association addressed the group.

Chairman John Foley said having Mr Aylward on hand was an ideal opportunity to address topics related to government red tape reduction strategies, gaming issues and what the state and federal governments are saying about the industry.

"Mr Aylward travels all over regional Queensland to keep people in the industry up to date with changes and requirements," Mr Foley said.

"It is vital that we remain in touch with industry recommendations and alterations so we can continue to be vigilant in ensuring the optimal safety for patrons at our establishments.

"Misconduct in licensed premises is an ongoing issue and one that we take very seriously right across the Capricorn Coast so we will continue to fight to ensure we do the best we can to discourage inappropriate behaviour and to do this we need to keep up to date with state and federal requirements.

"It is important that police, the courts and government bodies work together to reduce problem areas and sometimes that means we have to rally our local state members to have our message heard.

"Mr Foley said all managers, licensees and others employed in the hotel industry were invited to the meeting.

Member for Keppel Bruce Young was on hand at the meeting to assist in ensuring communication was facilitated between Liquor Accord members, police and the state government.

"The Liquor Accord is a group working collectively to address antisocial behaviour in licensed premises and that focus is addressed on a number of levels," MP Young said.

"The Accord, police and state government are committed to addressing youth justice to ensure early intervention to stop poor behaviour before it reaches licensed premises."
 



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