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Closing Pubs and Clubs Early Won't Reduce Violence

Business owners on the Sunshine Coast who are dedicated to the responsible service of alcohol contend that making pubs and clubs close earlier will do nothing to reduce the level of violence on the streets.

The Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management (CALM) chairman Dion Spadaro feels that the key is not to close the venues earlier but to make certain that the venues ensured that alcohol on their premises was being served responsibly.

Mr Spadaro has said that "The reality is that it doesn't make a difference whether a pub or club closes at 5am or midnight. If a venue is responsible in their service, they are not going to have a problem.

The comments follow the death two weekends ago of coast man Wayne Dover after an altercation outside Factory : The Project nightclub.

No more venues in Mooloolaba would be issued with a 3am trading licence unless current legislation changed according to the Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).

President of the Queensland Police Union Ian Leavers said that the service was pushing for trading hours at pubs and clubs to be rolled back across the state as they believe that it would drastically reduce the alcohol-fuelled violence.


From : The Logan Reporter, December 10 2013