Cheers to extended hours for hotels

Beyond the pale ale: Hotels and nightclubs can now stay open longer.
Beyond the pale ale: Hotels and nightclubs can now stay open longer.

BASSENDEAN Hotel co-owner Stefano Rossi has welcomed extended trading hours after changes made under the Liquor Legislation Amendment Act 2015 last week.

Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt announced last week that hotels could trade an extra two hours on Sundays, now staying open until midnight.

Nightclubs can trade through to 2am of the following Monday morning.

Mr Rossi said extended hours meant more entertainment.

“The extra couple of hours on Sunday could come in handy during the summer months for concerts and private functions,” he said.

“Bassendean is not a late-night suburb or a late-night destination yet, but it will give us the freedom to open longer when we have events here.”

Mr Rossi said he believed there had been a push in the industry for extended hours and he supported it.

“I support the deregulation of the industry; it would encourage better socialisation,” he said.

Peninsula Tavern manager Brendan Fawkes said discussions were still being held with head office about the option to open to midnight on Sundays.

Woolworths owns the tavern.