Qld councils could soon have power to stop strip clubs
COUNCILS could have more say over restricting adult entertainment clubs in their regions through the Queensland Government's Liquor and Gaming review.
East Toowoomba's Letita Shelton submitted two petitions, totalling 1777 signatures, to Queensland Parliament through Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts asking the government to "repeal all laws and amend any regulations that prevent local governments from having the authority to approve or restrict adult entertainment permits".
She pointed to the Local Government Minister's charter letter about the LNP aiming to "properly empower local governments to improve front-line services and give local people a real say on the future direction of their community".
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, in a response letter tabled in parliament on Tuesday, said councils were consulted under the current Liquor Act which allowed them to object or comment on such applications on the grounds that the amenity, quiet or good order of the locality would be lessened.
He said the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming must have regard to these comments but there is no requirement to give any particular weight to a council's view.
Mr Bleijie said potential changes to local government roles in liquor licensing and adult entertainment permit applications were being considered within liquor and gambling reform proposals released in a discussion paper in February.
"The discussion paper sought comment on whether local governments should have a greater say in liquor and gaming licensing decisions," he said.
"The discussion paper proposed that a legislative amendment could be introduced to ensure the commissioner gives weight to comments or objections from local government."
A liquor and gaming red tape reduction expert panel is reviewing submissions and is expected to prepare recommendations for the government soon.