News

Nightclub says state government rules will kill business

A GLADSTONE nightclub owner agrees with the state government's proposed new lockout time of 1am, but says some of its other proposals could kill his business.

Strippers, patrons, DJs, security guards and bartenders are among those who have made a submission to a parliamentary committee and have 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 Gladstone CBD.

In his submission to a parliamentary committee, Aodhan McCann, who owns Mieplace NiteClub, said a 1am lockout rule would allow patrons to continue enjoying themselves.

He also said an increase in a security guard to guest ratio and ID scanners would help address problematic patrons.

Mr McCann said the number of patrons to his club on a Saturday night had decreased by 100s and he was concerned cutting off drink sales would threaten his business.

"People already drink at home and come out at 11pm, so essentially you would be leaving me 3-4 hours to make money on a Saturday night (which is the only night most clubs make money)," he wrote.

Mieplace employee Anthony Charlton also made a submission saying the proposed changes were a bad idea and that a lack of trading would cause the venues to close.

His submission was one of more than 100 opposing the Queensland Government's proposed changes that include stopping the sale of high alcohol content and rapid consumption drinks from midnight.

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

PROPOSED:

Venues 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

Topics:  nightclub




UPDATE: 25-year-old man dies in Benaraby collision, video:

Fatal motorbike accident at Benaraby.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Its been confirmed the man who died at the scene of the crash was 25

Gladstone ice user busted twice driving when court disqualified

A GLADSTONE court was told that a young woman’s drug of choice was ice but she was now actively trying to do something about her addiction.

Ice is no drug of choice, it's dangerous, woman told by court.

Fishing industry squeezed out by new 60% target

THE fishing industry is casting its eye over the State Government’s green paper on fisheries management reform.

FISHING industry casting eye over State Government's green paper

Latest deals and offers

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles