Shattering the future of glass
GLASS will become a thing of the past in all Queensland pubs and clubs, according to state Liquor Licensing Minister Peter Lawlor.
But some Bundaberg licensees said they would not go glass-free unless it was made compulsory.
While 75 Queensland high-risk venues will be forced to make the switch to tempered or polycarbonate cups from next month, Mr Lawlor said all Queensland venues were likely to follow suit eventually.
“It is not mandatory, but the industry is obviously progressing along that way,” he said.
“I think all venues will end up with either tempered or polycarbonate containers.”
Mr Lawlor said while low-risk venues were not yet required by law to make the switch, he hoped it would be done voluntarily.
Across The Waves general manager Brendan Royall said he hoped the switch to shatter-proof glass would not become mandatory.
“They shouldn’t brand everyone the same,” Mr Royall said.
“The latest we close is midnight. They should be targeting clubs where there is a history of violence.”
Mr Royall said he had not seen any aggression in his two years at the venue.
“Ours is a family club,” he said.
“We don’t tend to attract the sort of people who get into these incidents.”
Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart represents 64 venues in the Wide Bay Zone and said he did not believe community clubs were the problem.
“There are about 1000 of these clubs through the state and only about 70 trade past midnight,” Mr Flockhart said.
“Usually we’re home in bed by the time these problems start.”
Mr Flockhart said the switch to tempered and polycarbonate cups could cost up to $20,000 and did not offer the range available in glass.
“These venues need a point of difference with their competitors and it’s a bit hard if all of the glassware is the same. Ninety-nine percent of people are responsible so why should we be penalised for the minority?” he said.