From the olgr

Mike Sarquis
Executive Director, OLGR

p: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Annual liquor licence fees are about to fall due

Annual liquor licence fee notices for 2018 are mailed to licensees in June and are due for payment by 31 July 2018.

It’s vital you pay your annual fee by the due date to avoid your licence being automatically suspended, as you will be then unable to sell liquor. If your fee remains unpaid for a further 28 days, your licence will be automatically cancelled.

Selling liquor with a suspended or cancelled licence will result in serious consequences such as a significant fine. Last year, more than $275,000 in fines were issued in these circumstances, so diarise this important payment now to ensure it is not forgotten.

You may be eligible to pay your licence fee in instalments if you are suffering from personal or financial hardship or have been adversely affected by natural disaster. To check if you are eligible, visit www.business.qld.gov.au/liquor-gaming and search for ‘payment of liquor licence fees by instalments’. Applications to pay by instalments must be received by 10 July 2018.

If you need more information or assistance, please call the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation’s Licensing Division on 07 3224 7131.

A night out in Bundy now a whole lot safer

The Bundaberg community is enjoying safer nights out thanks to a Queensland Government grant of more than $27,000 that’s provided a taxi rank marshal in the CBD safe night precinct.

The Safe Night Bundaberg CBD Precinct Inc. received the safe night precinct grant to help reduce antisocial behaviour, reduce offences against taxi drivers and vehicles, reduce vandalism on local businesses, and to increase safe transport options for patrons. The positive feedback received since the security officer was employed has been enormous. 
A survey conducted by the local board revealed that patrons, Queensland Police and Bundaberg taxi drivers alike believed the taxi marshal was a valuable asset, acknowledging his fantastic efforts and reflecting on his important role in preventing alcohol-fuelled violence near the taxi rank.

It’s also been acknowledged that he provides an extra safety net invaluable to the taxi community of Bundaberg. With further support from the Queensland Government, the initiative has been funded for approximately another two and a half years.

The next safe night precinct funding (round 16) commences mid-June 2018.

For further information about the grants and how to apply, contact OLGR on 07 3247 4284 or visit www.business.qld.gov.au and search for ‘safe night precinct grants’.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 30 July – 5 August 2018

How does your gambling stack up?

This is the question we are posing to Queensland gamblers during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) 2018, which is being held from 30 July to 5 August 2018.

Every year RGAW aims to encourage gamblers to stay within their limits and highlights support available to people who feel that gambling has become a problem for them, or someone they know.

The Queensland Government has worked with the government-funded Gambling Help services to develop a theme for RGAW 2018. 

This year's theme focuses on self-help and invites people to check their gambling habits using a quiz available on the new Gambling Help Queensland website gamblinghelpqld.org.au

Show us, and your patrons your support. Signage and electronic LCD displays will be made available closer to RGAW 2018. Or, you can contact your local Gambling Help service to find out how you can get involved in local activities.

Applying for 25th Anniversary Commemorative Grants

In early June, the Attorney-General announced a special funding round of up to $1.25 million to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).

The Commemorative Grants round will allow 10 organisations to receive up to $100,000 each and one organisation to receive up to $250,000 for larger scale initiatives that will significantly benefit Queensland communities.

Eligible community organisations can apply for:
  • major capital works (excluding repairs/upgrades/extensions unless of cultural significance)
  • major equipment items
  • wider community events or festivals, and
  • transportation (e.g. cars, boats, buses etc).
This round comprises a two-stage application process:
  • Stage one – Eligible community organisations submit an expression of interest (EOI) which will be considered by the GCBF committee for progression to stage two.
  • Stage two – Shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit a full funding application which will be considered by the GCBF committee for submission to the Minister for approval.

EOI forms can be downloaded from our website at www.justice.qld.gov.au/grants and must be submitted via email to grantapplications@justice.qld.gov.au before midnight on 31 August 2018.