Early closing no help say vendors

Big N chairman Mike Keiller says alcohol-related violence would not be reduced by closing nightclub venues earlier. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d396733
Big N chairman Mike Keiller says alcohol-related violence would not be reduced by closing nightclub venues earlier. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d396733

The Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (BIG N) chairman Mike Keiller, who is also co-owner of Mustang Bar in Northbridge, said in his experience there was no connection between trading hours and violence.

‘People might turn up at a bar at 9pm and already be drunk, or turn up drunk at midnight,’ he said.

‘Further restrictions are not going to solve anything.’

Bringing closing time of nightclubs forward to 3am has been mooted as a possible strategy to help curb the amount of alcohol related harm in Perth.

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research patron Fiona Stanley is lobbying to develop stricter legislation to reduce alcohol exposure to young people.

Together with WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition co-convenor Mike Daube, she wants police to have extra powers to prevent alcohol sales to minors, laws to reduce alcohol exposure to young people and mandatory alcohol and drug education in schools.

‘People want this issue to be taken up and government needs to show leadership,’ she said.

Fibber McGee’s owner John Little said the focus should be on regulating bottle shop sales to youth drinkers.

‘Young people get alcohol from bottle shops rather than at clubs, bars and restaurants,’ he said.