Brightwater Hotel is open from 10am to midnight, 7 days a week.
Brightwater Hotel is open from 10am to midnight, 7 days a week. Contributed

Hotel's bid for 2am closure rejected

BRIGHTWATER Hotel's application for an extended licence to trade until 2am was rejected by Sunshine Coast Council last week.

An application to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing was also being made, the application stated.

Brightwater Hotel is currently open from 10am to midnight, seven days a week, and has the council's approval to operate from 7am to midnight Monday to Saturday and 9am to midnight on Sunday or any public holidays.

The application argued that the current opening hours at the licenced hotel should be extended to 2am, as a 2009 moratorium on extended opening hours put in place by the Queensland Government had now expired.

The application to extend trading hours at the Mountain Creek venue has been rejected.
The application to extend trading hours at the Mountain Creek venue has been rejected.

If successful, the hotel would have operated from 7am to 2am Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 2am on Sunday and any public holiday.

The hours would have serviced shift workers and "society" at large, which had "moved away from traditional trading periods", the application said.

Sunshine Coast Council issued a refusal notification on March 24.

Should Brightwater Tavern be allowed to stay open until 2am?

This poll ended on 10 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes. If it's good for business why not?

43%

No. This is not Ocean St, it's a suburban pub.

52%

It might be nice to have somewhere close to home but I can't see it doing a roaring trade at that time.

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A report on the council's website dated March 22, says the extended trading hours would be inconsistent with the Bundilla Local Area Code. As the hotel was located close to existing dwellings, use of the venue would be "readily noticeable" to nearby residents, the report stated.

"Irrespective of the applicant's statement that live entertainment will not be provided during the proposed additional hours, and even if stringent noise restrictions are imposed by OLGR), it is often the impacts of patrons leaving such premises that cause disruption within neighbourhoods," it said.

"The premises undoubtedly provide an important social function within the community. However, the site is located within a residential community."

The report said venues that operated into the early hours of the morning (eg. 2am) were expected within designated entertainment precincts such as Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, "not within a purely residential community".



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