Katter's Australian Party Bill designed to slash liquor licence fees for pubs in remote communities
PUBS in remote parts of Queensland would have their liquor licence fees slashed by 90 per cent under a new Bill to be introduced by the Katter Australian Party.
KAP MP Robbie Katter said he would be introducing a Bill in State Parliament next week to push for fairer licence fees for the bush, slashing the licence fee from $3500 to $350.
“In a town of 100 people a pub is more than a place to drink, it’s a community meeting place and provides a significant social benefit,” he said in a statement.
“The new discounted fee will apply to all Queensland pubs in “very remote Australia” — as classified by the Australian Bureau Statistics.
“Pubs in these towns rely on far fewer customers and hold a different place in the community than the massive pubs in Brisbane, however they pay the same fee, which I don’t think is an accurate reflection of how important these venues are for small communities.
“The new licence structure will cover pubs in towns such as Cunnamulla, Dirranbandi, Georgetown, Pentland, Blackall and many other small communities across the State. All up there are about 110 venues covered.”
Credit: The Courier Mail