Warren Lynam

Banning certain drinks after midnight ‘madness’, mum says

A YEPPOON mother whose son is a DJ says the government's proposal to ban certain drinks from midnight was "madness".

Strippers, patrons, DJs, security guards and bartenders are among those list who have made a submission to a parliamentary committee and objected to the government's proposals to force licensed venues to stop serving alcohol at 2am and imposing a 1am lockout rule for venues in safe night precincts, which includes the Rockhampton CBD.

Linda Eaton said her son was a DJ and that a winding back of trading hours was uncalled for.

"There will be major losses on all fronts," she said. "If someone is out for a fight, they will fight regardless of the time."

She also opposed the banning of certain type of drinks from midnight because things did not usually kick off until about 11pm or midnight.

DJ Nathan Edwards, who performs in Rockhampton, said the government's proposed changes would dramatically burden all of the music-orientated venues in Queensland.

"Artists like myself would not be booked by venues as they could not afford to do so," he wrote in his submission.

"The nightlife vibrancy would be lost as foot traffic would be reduced dramatically."

He asked the government to rethink the laws because "they will not achieve the outcome the government thinks it will".

These submissions were among more than 100 opposing the Queensland Government's proposed changes that include ending the service of alcohol at 2am.

Venues in safe night precincts would be allowed to sell alcohol until 3am but would have to enforce a 1am lockout.

In a submission to the legal affairs and community safety parliamentary committee, NSW man Stephen Pate said he had seen the positive impacts of similar laws introduced in NSW and supported the Queensland Government's proposal.

Following the introduction of 10pm bottle shop closures, 1.30am lockouts and no drinks being sold after 3am, Mr Pate said there was an "overwhelmingly positive change" in Sydney's inner-city atmosphere late at night.

He also said studies showed that reducing alcohol service and trading hours was one of the most effective measures for combating violence.

Submissions closed on December 23 and the committee is due to report to Parliament by February 8.

PROPOSED CHANGES:

Venues in safe night precincts could end alcohol service at 3am

Alcohol service will end at 2am at all other Queensland venues

Lockout at 1am for all venues in safe night precincts

No high alcohol or rapid consumption drinks after midnight

Licensees able to apply for extended trading hours up to 5am 12 times a year

Adult entertainment venues able to remain open past 3am but not serve drinks from then

Lockouts and reduced trading hours do not apply for casinos and airports



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