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Brisbane City Council Opposed to Cutting Trading Hours

The Brisbane City Council has vehemently opposed the cutting of trading hours for licensed venues in an attempt to curb alcohol fuelled violence.

At City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, councillors for the LNP argued that any such move would "kneecap hoteliers" and damage the city's economy.

On the other hand, Labor councillors accused the administration of putting profits before people in their support of the move. They said that the owners of "late trading binge barns" should be held more accountable for flouting responsible service of alcohol laws.

The Queensland Premier Campbell Newman favours a heightened police presence and harsher penalties for offenders over a reduction in trading hours but would be guided by the majority viewpoint of Queenslanders.

State Labor proposed a 1am lockout and 3am cutoff for alcohol services for licensed venues.

Councillor Howard urged the council to oppose Labor's plan, citing the thriving Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct and the $4 million the council is pouring into the Brunswick Street mall revitalisation project. She argued that the council was not pouring all that money into the area to improve the daytime economy only to see its flourishing nighttime economy take a hit.

"We are not spending $4 million to send people to bed early," Councillor Howard said.

So the saga of licensed venue hours continues ....


From : Brisbane Times, 12 February 2014