Liquor laws eased

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Ge­orge Smith ge­orge.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

SMALL shows and fundrais­ing events around the North Bur­nett are set to ben­e­fit from new liquor li­cens­ing laws.

From July 1, new laws will make it eas­ier to hold events with­out the need to ob­tain liquor per­mits.

Monto’s St Therese’s Catholic School prin­ci­pal Tim Franz­mann has praised the changes and thinks they will en­cour­age re­spon­si­ble al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

“This is a show of trust and re­spect to­ward fam­i­lies at­tend­ing school func­tions,” he said.

“Th­ese peo­ple will do the right thing and it is back to the good old days.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we did not re­alise the new laws don’t come into ef­fect un­til July 1.”

Monto Rugby League Club pres­i­dent Scott Pat­tie said the new laws would mean a big sav­ing for the club.

The club had to ap­ply for liquor per­mits for both its game days and func­tions.

“This is re­ally good. It makes it eas­ier,” Mr Pat­tie said.

“We had to ap­ply 30 days in ad­vance and pay $57 per match so this is a big sav­ing for us,” Mr Pat­tie said.

Deputy Pre­mier Jeff Seeney said the Liquor and Gam­ing (Red Tape Re­duc­tion) and Other Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill 2013 made more than 20 com­mon­sense changes to re­duce liquor and gam­ing red tape.

He said, while the ex­emp­tions were limited to low-risk fundrais­ing events that started and fin­ished on one day and where the sale of liquor was limited to eight hours, an amend­ment to the Act would al­low small coun­try shows to be ex­empt from the two re­stric­tions.

“The New­man Govern­ment re­alises th­ese shows are a part of the fab­ric of many towns in the Cal­lide elec­torate,” Mr Seeney said. “We do not live in a nanny state. “This is about govern­ment get­ting out of the way and let­ting com­mu­ni­ties en­joy them­selves re­spon­si­bly.”

PHOTO: GE­ORGE SMITH

GOOD MOVE: Monto St Therese's school prin­ci­pal Tim Franz­mann sees new liquor li­cens­ing laws as a pos­i­tive for com­mu­nity fundrais­ing events.

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