Liquor licences suspended
A TOTAL of 1095 liquor licences have been automatically suspended for missing the annual liquor licence payment to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.
Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation executive director Mike Sarquis said the licences were suspended on Tuesday after venues missed the annual payment, which ranges from $550 to $20,000.
“OLGR is in the process of contacting every licensee who has been suspended to ensure that the sale and supply of liquor has ceased. Those suspected of selling alcohol while suspended will be investigated further,” he said.
“There are a variety of reasons that licensees may have missed payment, ranging from a decision to cease trading to plain forgetfulness.
“There are more than 6000 licensed venues across Queensland and in the lead up to the annual fee payment deadline, each one was contacted directly about their fees.
“This is an annual fee, one not to be missed and the industry knows it is coming, so there’s no excuse to miss the fee deadline.”
Suspended venues have 28 days to re-establish their liquor licence. If this has not been done before August 30, the liquor licence is automatically cancelled under the Liquor Act.
Some of the Central Highlands offenders include Bogarts Emerald Cinema, Ensham Village, Blackwater and District Rugby League Football Club, Anakie Gemfields Hotel-Motel, Gindie Tennis Club, Queensland Rail Institute and Clermont Hotel-Motel.