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Six pubs face total glass ban

SIX Rockhampton and Yeppoon venues have until December to prove they should be allowed to continue selling drinks in glasses.

Yesterday Premier Anna Bligh named 41 licensed pubs and clubs across the state which face a glass ban by the end of the year.

Each of the venues has had a glassing incident in the past year where glass has been used as a weapon and resulted in injury.

Those nightspots will receive show-cause notices asking them to explain why they shouldn't be forced to replace stubbies with cans and glasses with plastic cups.

Rockhampton and Yeppoon clubs and pubs made up 15% of the venues announced as under pressure to defend their glass trade.

Each has been the scene of at least one glass attack this year.

Ms Bligh said the government was determined to crack down on glassing incidents, which had become more prevalent at late-night venues.

“Glassing destroys lives - it is a disgraceful, cowardly act which often results in the permanent disfigurement of victims,” Ms Bligh said.

“Unfortunately these incidents are occurring with increasing regularity in Queensland's licensed premises and my government will not sit back and allow this situation to continue.

“Over the past year, there have been 55 incidents involving glassings in these 41 premises and that's unacceptable.”

A complete ban on glass in all Queensland pubs and clubs is also being investigated as part of the crackdown on drinking culture.

All of the local venues issued with show-cause notices were yesterday contacted by The Morning Bulletin.

Peter Gunton from Pete's Paddy Go Easy Irish Pub said he would fight a glass ban.

He said in the past 12 months that he had run the pub he had turned the Denham Street site into a “nice little establishment” and that the one glassing incident was an isolated event that the pub had no control over.

Mr Gunton said plastic cups would jeopardise selling quality beer.

A spokesman for The Strand Hotel said the club served only plastic cups after 9.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A Stadium Nightclub spokesman said the club only had one bar that sold drinks in glasses and it was only opened for functions.

Both still sold stubbies at all times.

The other establishments had not contacted The Morning Bulletin at 5pm.

Minister responsible for Liquor Licensing Peter Lawlor said the move away from glass was part of efforts to change the drinking culture in Queensland.

“The show-cause process gives us the opportunity to validate the incidents police have recorded and ensure we are cracking down on the establishments we should be,” Mr Lawlor said.

He said while the majority of licensees went “above and beyond” the liquor laws, there were still some who “continue to promote a dangerous drinking environment”.

“These premises will be conditioned with non-glass products and if they continue to operate negligently they risk loss of licence.”

ON NOTICE

Local venues issued with show-cause notices include:

• O'Dowd's Irish Pub

• Heritage Hotel

• The Strand Hotel

• The Stadium Nightclub

• Pete's Paddy Go Easy Irish Pub

• Post Office Hotel


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