Manager says proposed alcohol laws will confuse patrons

FOR some, Rockhampton's nightlife is already confusing enough in the early hours of a Saturday or Sunday morning after they'd knocked back a few drinks.

But Ginger Mule manager and Safe Night Out Precinct president Hamish Hughes has warned things could get worse for them if the Palaszczuk Government's proposed changes to alcohol service pass through parliament this week.

The proposed changes would see the service of alcohol cease at 2am across the state.

Safe Night Out precincts, including Rockhampton's CBD, can individually apply for an extended 3am last drinks model, with a 1am lockout.

Mr Hughes said the changes would be "very confusing for patrons between 1am and 2am" with The Ginger Mule closing at 2am, but other CBD venues trading until 3am.

"Patrons are going to struggle to make it from the suburbs or weddings (and) parties into the CBD and inside lockout venues before 1am," Mr Hughes said.

"Staff will also be impacted by the loss of up to 3 hours of work paid at Saturday or Sunday rates.

"Weekend hospitality workers are already struggling to get hours on Friday nights, and now they will miss out on up to $100 a night on Friday and Saturday."

Mr Hughes said the changes could negatively impact on street violence.

"The two venues that trade until 5am (the Zodiac & the Giddy Goat) each have around 400 people inside at 3am," he said.

"If they were to close at 3am, we are going to see a lot more people on the streets in the CBD waiting for hours while the taxis struggle to get everybody home.

"I think there is a violence problem, but I don't think it's limited to alcohol.

"I think drug affected violence is a very big problem."



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