Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Licensees Fight for Your Right to Party

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Licensees Fight for Your Right to Party

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What you can and can't serve after midnight:

Laws say "no" to:

shooters, shots, bombs and blasters;

any drink designed for rapid consumption, or drinks containing more than 45ml of alcohol;

Pre-mixed alcoholic drinks over 5%, or containing more ethanol than two standard drinks.

But they say "yes" to:

the sale of up to 45ml of a spirit or liqueur in a tall glass, with or without a mixer

wine, beer and cider and cocktails, if listed on a menu with set price.

CLUB-GOERS don't have to go home, but as of last Friday night, they certainly can't stay in the Rockhampton CBD.

While pubs, clubs and licensed venues across the state called last drinks at the earlier time of 3am Sunday morning, the Zodiac Nightclub went against the grain and kept on trading until their regular 5am closing time.

Zodiac manager Rod Leonard explained the club had used one of their 12 annual extended licenses in a bid to give punters "time to adjust" to the Queensland Government's new Liquor Licensing Laws, which came into effect on Friday, July 1.

"I have a mixed reaction, I think they haven't put much thought into it," Rod said of the laws, which will see the state-wide service of rapid intoxication drinks such as shots cease at midnight and alcohol service stop at 2am.

While venues in safe night precincts, including Rockhampton, can serve alcohol until 3am, Rod said it was not viable to remain open any later than 3.30am when you factor in operation costs and wages.

He said the onus was already on clubs to offer a safe environment for revellers and he didn't believe forcing an influx of hundreds of people out into the street at the same time was the solution to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence - as is the aim of the laws.

"It's good in the way of people drinking less, but the other side of it is the venues do as much as they can in the way of the responsible service of alcohol and security that it is a safe environment to come out of anyway," Rod said.

"(Under the laws) they are moving from a secure monitored environment out in the street where its not monitored, no security and pushing everyone out at once. …

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