Stuckey calls for Extended Games Licensing Hours for Coolangatta

9 Mar 2018 11:54 AMJann Stuckey Stuckey calls for Extended Games Licensing Hours for Coolangatta

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has called on the Palaszczuk Government to extend liquor trading hours in Coolangatta during the 2018 Commonwealth Games like they have in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.

“Parliament this week debated The Police and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 which includes amendments to the Liquor Act 1992 to allow licenced premises in the Gold Coast safe-night precincts of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise an additional hour of trading during the Games,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It also waives the application fee for requested temporary late-night extended hours permits during the Games for safe night precinct licensees.

“As a premier tourism destination and host to 3 Commonwealth Games events it is these amendments that are of special interest to businesses in the Currumbin electorate.

“Last year I asked the Palaszczuk Government to nominate Coolangatta as a Safe Night Precinct and this week I asked for Coolangatta to be included in extended trading hours for the Commonwealth Games so they could benefit from the influx of visitors this major international event will bring.

“The Minister claims it recognises that the Commonwealth Games presents a significant opportunity for restaurants, pubs, clubs, bars and nightclubs to showcase their exceptional hospitality to visitors from around the world. 

“But it seems this hospitality is limited to Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise and does not extend to Coolangatta, denying our region an extra hour of trading even though volleyball events finish at 10.30 pm. 

“Our supermarkets can open 24 hours, why are our licensed venues being punished and forced to miss out on extra trade?

“Disappointingly the Minister didn’t even bother to address any of my issues in his reply to the debate. 

“The park n ride at Tugun for beach volleyball at Coolangatta will be utilised daily by approximately 3,000 people but they will have to leave straight after each session (morning, afternoon and evening) meaning that Coolangatta traders will miss out on 3,000 sales as visitors cannot stay for lunch or dinner. 

“It is little wonder some are feeling angry and discriminated against and why my office staff are being bombarded with frustrated residents. 

“Just when we felt like we were finally getting some proper information with pop up stalls and a visible Games presence, it seems we have been cut out of the extra trading hours as outlined in this Bill.

“The Palaszczuk government had plenty of time to act on this but as usual did nothing and once again Currumbin has come off second best. 
[ENDS] 09/03/2018 
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