Af­ter 10pm that is ... and only if you want a drink in the CBD

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Te­gan An­nett te­­nett@glad­sto­neob­

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.

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