Late night operators in Queensland’s busiest party districts say business has fallen by 50 per cent since the inception of the legislation designed to curb alcohol-fuelled violence. The legislation came into effect 6 months ago.
One bar manager said earnings at his venue had dropped 15 to 20 per cent while others in the area had seen drops of up to 50 per cent in the 6 months since the legislation was implemented.
The manager highlighted that some bars have already begun to close, so it’s definitely had a negative effect on venues, and nightclubs aren’t the only ones affected.
One group, Keep Queensland Open said the government did not consult with the industry before the first stage of measures were introduced on July 1st, 2016.
Since the legislation was introduced, there’s been a ban on the sale of high alcohol content drinks after midnight and on alcoholic drinks after 2:00am.
Some venues, located within safe night precincts were prohibited from selling alcoholic drinks after 3am.
The industry is calling for a sit-down with government to be able to address their concerns.