Palaszczuk Government introduces legislation to address alcohol-fuelled violence and offers cash to help tackle it

The Palaszczuk Government has introduced its comprehensive package to address the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence to the Queensland Parliament.

Attorney-General Yvette DAth introduced the Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 today.

Mrs DAth said the measures included a state-wide call for last drinks at 2am with Safe Night Precinct boards granted the option of applying for an extended 3am last drinks model, conditional on a 1am lockout.

The Palaszczuk Government is taking a stand against alcohol-fuelled violence in this state, she said.

This is a comprehensive package to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence on our streets and it is a policy that has come after significant consultation and that Queenslanders can be happy with.

Research from Queensland hospitals tells us that alcohol-fuelled violence is on the rise, with a 24 per cent increase in alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments across the state since 2009-10.

The evidence overwhelmingly tells us that modest changes to trading hours helps to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence while maintaining this states vibrant nightlife.

“We know that when people feel safe, more people go out and enjoy themselves, and that means more opportunities for businesses and more jobs.

Mrs DAth said all venues will be able to remain open beyond either 2am, or 3am in approved precincts, to serve food, non-alcoholic beverages and to provide entertainment.

She said all licensed premises would be able to apply for up to 12 one-off extended permits each year, to allow trading at venues until 5am for special events.

Meanwhile community groups across our region can score $3000 each to run activities and events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

The deadline for applications to the State Government’s $150,000 funding pool is Friday.

The money can be used on a range of events including community fun days, sporting events, training to promote local action on domestic and family violence and exhibitions and other events that promote respectful and healthy relationships in primary schools.

Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said communities had an important role to play in the task of ending domestic violence, which has claimed more than 70 Australian lives this year.

“This is about getting the whole community to come together, stand up and say ‘enough is enough’ to domestic and family violence,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Organisations can host their own events, or form partnerships with other local community leaders, organisations or businesses to jointly run an event or activity.

“Government can only do so much and we need the whole community to get involved in tackling this scourge on our state.

“Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an important way to raise awareness and challenge the attitudes that underpin violence.”

To apply for a grant, visit Communities Queensland website.