Council want their say over extended trading hours

MACKAY Regional Council wants more say over extended trading hours and liquor licensing.

It is one of seven submissions to be made to the Local Government Association of Queensland at the annual conference in October.

The council's motion is that the "LGAQ lobby the Queensland Government to give greater consideration to the submission made by Local Governments and the Queensland Police District Officer objecting to applications".

Acting chief executive officer David McKendry said the motion was planned after the council felt its previous objections to extended trading hours had not been given due consideration and weight.

"We aren't talking about specifics, just generally we've got a few issues in relation to the comments that we think we've got in relation to a key stakeholder... we think we are well placed as a council to be able to give good community comment," he said.

"We've had a couple of instances where we have put up what we thought were some genuine concerns (and) they haven't necessarily come through."

Mr McKendry said through the LGAQ process, the council would raise the issue as an item and if there was support from the other 77 councils it would be a matter taken up and the LGAQ (as the peak body) would assist to liaise with State Government to find a solution.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming were contacted for comment but did not respond to enquiries.

Submissions

 Modification to cost sharing responsibilities for public utility plant relocation and replacement

 Designated transport noise corridors for state roads and railways

 Increased auditing of private certifiers



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