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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




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