from the Attorney-General, Justice Minister
and Leader of the House
The Hon Yvette D’Ath MP
Our State has been through hell and high water following bushfires, two cyclones and flooding. You might be one of the Queenslanders who has suffered because of the natural disasters that occurred late last year and at the beginning of this year. I hope you know our thoughts are with all clubs or staff impacted. We want you to know help is available.
As flood-recovery efforts continue across parts of north Queensland, I’d like to remind clubs that the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) is ready and available to assist you with your regulatory requirements during this challenging time.
Licensees whose venues have been damaged to the point where they cannot conduct business can look into applying for a temporary authority. This allows you to use another part of your venue or a neighbouring premises to trade. Application fees for this will be waived for flood-affected licensees until June 30, and fees after this date will be considered by OLGR on a case-by-case basis.
Many people would also be aware that their annual licence fees are payable by July 31. But if you have been adversely impacted by the floods, you may be eligible to pay these in instalments.
While it has been a couple of months since the recovery operation began, I want to assure you that we know many people are struggling to return to normality. I encourage clubs to reach out to the OLGR if you need more advice on how to manage your specific situation and take advantage of the services and options that have been put in place to assist you.
OLGR’s website also has information for flood-affected licensees about temporary approval to trade from another area, waiving of application fees, monthly gaming tax, disconnecting and reconnecting electronic gaming machines, compliance concerns and replacing official documents.
The Palaszczuk Government has put programs in place to help impacted Queenslanders get back on their feet. And, as we all know, if there is one thing that could never be destroyed by fire and water, it is the generosity and mateship of Queenslanders. The Kedron-Wavell Services Club has shown this by encouraging patrons to add a $1 donation to their bill – to be matched by the club - for Townsville locals who had suffered flooding.