The State Government will move to crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence by enforcing a mandatory three-hour daily break in trade for hotels, clubs and entertainment venues.
Consumer Affairs Minister Gail Gago said the mandatory break between 4am and 7am would help deal with alcohol-related crime and “create a gap between the night-time and day-time economy”.
Proposed changes to the Liquor Licensing Act will apply to all hotels, clubs, entertainment venues and premises covered by special circumstances licences, except the casino.
“People have a right to feel safe on the streets,” the Minister said.
“Research indicates a link between extended trading hours and alcohol-related harm in the Adelaide CBD.
“A mandatory break in trading hours is another step towards helping to curb the problem of binge drinking, which is associated with 24-hour trading.”
The proposed amendments also give extra powers to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner and the Police Commissioner to greater protect public safety.
To help address transport concerns, the Minister said extra managed taxi ranks would be provided in areas, including the Adelaide CBD, for people leaving entertainment venues.
“Managed taxi ranks are well lit and staffed with a security guard and concierge,” she said.
“They are designed to safeguard patrons, particularly young people and women, and create a fairer system for those waiting for a taxi.
“The ranks also create a more secure environment for taxi drivers as they collect late-night passengers from entertainment precincts.”
Ms Gago said the changes were designed to improve public safety.
“The community expects the Government to protect citizens and minimise alcohol-related harm,” the Minister said.
“These measures are designed to tackle the culture of binge drinking; to send a message that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Ms Gago will introduce a bill to Parliament today, incorporating the proposed changes. The Bill won’t be debated until May, enabling additional public consultation on the details.
A draft mandatory code of practice for licensed venues has also been released for public comment.