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