EX­TRA HOUR FOR BARS

Games trad­ing re­prieve for Broad­beach, Surfers

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - KRISTY MUIR

THE State Gov­ern­ment will to­day an­nounce that pubs, restau­rants and cafes in Surfers Par­adise and Broad­beach will be able to serve al­co­hol an hour later dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games.

In adopt­ing the model used at the Glas­gow Games in 2014, Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said it would “en­sure the Gold Coast makes the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from the Games”.

THE State Gov­ern­ment will to­day an­nounce that pubs, restau­rants and cafes in Surfers Par­adise and Broad­beach will be able to serve al­co­hol an hour later dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Af­ter wide­spread de­bate about what to do with trad­ing in the party precinct dur­ing the city’s big­gest-ever event, Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk says she will adopt the model used at the Glas­gow Games in 2014 and per­mit traders to open 60 min­utes af­ter their nor­mal liquor li­cence al­lows.

“The Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games will be the big­gest event in our his­tory,” Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said. “This is a on­cein-a-gen­er­a­tion event. I asked (At­tor­ney-Gen­eral) Yvette D’Ath and (Tourism Min­is­ter) Kate Jones to dis­cuss with stake­hold­ers.

“Based on that feed­back I have de­cided to make this change for the Games to en­sure the Gold Coast makes the max­i­mum ben­e­fit from the Games. We looked at Glas­gow and have de­cided to in­crease liquor trad­ing hours by an hour. It is a tem­po­rary mea­sure for the Games only.

“My gov­ern­ment ap­proach to al­co­hol-fu­elled vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing ID scan­ning, re­mains in force.”

The ex­tended hours will not af­fect ID scan­ning rules. For ex­am­ple, a pub that had a liquor li­cence un­til mid­night, and there­fore did not re­quire ID scan­ning, would not have to im­ple­ment scan­ning un­til 1am.

In ad­di­tion, the Of­fice of Liquor And Gam­ing Reg­u­la­tion com­mis­sioner will have the abil­ity to is­sue a pub­lic safety no­tice to with­draw the au­thor­ity for the one-hour liquor trad­ing ex­ten­sion and ex­tended trad­ing per­mits to al­low trad­ing un­til 5am would still be avail­able on a dis­cre­tionary ba­sis.

Ms Palaszczuk said she made the de­ci­sion fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions to her from the Gold Coast.

Surfers Par­adise Li­censed Venues As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tim Martin told the Bul­letin last week he had been hope­ful of a pos­i­tive out­come af­ter meet­ing with State Gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives about Games trad­ing hours and ID scan­ners.

Mr Martin, gen­eral man­ager of The Bed­room, Sin City and Hen­nessy Lounge Bar and Night­club, also called for “pass-outs” for pa­trons al­ready scanned into venues so they didn’t have to go through a res­can­ning process.

“We want to try and tackle the long lines (out­side of clubs),” he told the Bul­letin dur­ing the in­ter­view.

“With the in­flux of peo­ple it can only get longer.”

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