New liquor and lockout laws come into affect tomorrow meaning bars have to stop serving shots after midnight. Barman at The Post Office bar in Maroochydore Jason  Roper.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
New liquor and lockout laws come into affect tomorrow meaning bars have to stop serving shots after midnight. Barman at The Post Office bar in Maroochydore Jason Roper. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

Last call for shots after midnight

THERE'LL be no late night shots at Sunshine Coast pubs and clubs from Friday as new liquor licensing laws come into play.

From Friday drinks such as shots, shooters, bombs, test tubes and jelly shots will be banned from sale after midnight as will any drinks made at the venue with more than 45ml of spirits or liqueur.

Pre-mixed drinks with more than five per cent of alcohol will also be banned after midnight.

On top of that, Sunshine Coast venues outside the Safe Night Precincts in Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra must also call last drinks at 2am.

Safe Night Sunshine Coast Precinct president Marcus Shimbel said while the laws would force big changes in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, he didn't think it would affect the Sunshine Coast.

"The Sunshine Coast has had lockout laws in place for quite a number of years so I don't think it'll have a major impact here," he said.

"From a state standpoint it's definitely got it's pluses, but unlike the Valley or the Gold Coast where it'll be a real struggle, it won't change much on the Sunshine Coast."

Mr Shimbel said if anything the Sunshine Coast had been acting as a trial for lockout laws for the rest of the state.

"We've been pilot programming it here for five years, stakeholders and people are used to it."

The Post Office Bar owner John Calcino agreed that while it wouldn't affect patrons or venues like his within the Safe Night Precinct on Ocean Street, he believed it might not have the positive effect intended on venues outside these safe zones.

"I can see why they're doing it to try and curb violence," he said.

"But when you reduce the operational hours more people will be there until the end and exit at the same time and then when there's a whole lot of people on the street together trying to get cabs home that's when frustrations happen.

"I don't think the sale of shots after midnight is causing the problem either, I think the issue is more to do with drugs.

"I can see what they're trying to do but I don't think they should punish everyone because one in every 200 people cause problems."


New changes:

  • A reduction in trading hours from 5am to 3am in Safe Night Precincts and a 2am close anywhere else in Queensland.
  • A ban on Rapid Intoxication Drinks after midnight.
  • Reduction in trading hours (not past 10pm) for any new bottle shop applications.
  • Provisions restricting persons taking liquor into or from commercial public events and community liquor permits.
  • Venues outside Safe Night Precincts will not be able to serve alcohol after 2am.
  • Venues inside Safe Night Precincts will not be able to serve alcohol after 3am.
  • Venues can remain open beyond 3am to serve food, non-alcoholic beverages and to provide entertainment.
  • Patrons will have 30-minute grace period after last drinks are called to finish their alcoholic beverages.

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