NO ID.. .NO BOOZE FOR YOU
After 10pm that is ... and only if you want a drink in the CBD
REGARDLESS of your age, pub and club-goers in Gladstone will need to have their ID handy if they want to have a beer or wine past 10pm.
New laws, which one business owner has described as an unnecessary cost to business, will be in place this Saturday.
It means patrons entering a pub or club in Gladstone after 10pm will have their ID recorded, regardless of whether they’re 20 or 50 years old.
The change means the Queens Hotel and Central Lane Hotel will now by law need to use the ID scanners that are already used by Industrie and Mie PLACE nightclubs.
Central Lane Hotel owner Rick Adams has purchased two ID scanners.
He has one for his downstairs bar and another for The Boardroom upstairs.
“It’s an additional cost to business ... when times are already tough in Gladstone.
“One size doesn’t fit all and it’d be nice if there was more liaising before the rules were brought in.”
The additional costs include running the two machines every day and hiring security to check IDs.
The information from the ID scanners is shared with other licenced venues so if a person is banned from one club for anti-social behaviour, they can be banned from every licensed venue in the state within minutes. The initiative was implemented after the state government backed down on proposed lock-out laws.
Lightbox Espresso and Winebar, the Grand Hotel and the Yacht Club are exempt from the rule because they trade until midnight.