Government Right to Slash License Fees Regional Pubs and Clubs
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the state government announcement to cut licence fees for selected regional pubs and clubs noting that many of these businesses continue to operate in a challenging environment.
The new base fee will be cut to $376 representing an annual saving of $3,381 for 112 remote pubs and 42 clubs.
CCIQ notes that many hospitality operators continue to navigate a subdued economic environment and challenges around consumer tastes.
Head of Industry at CCIQ, Dan Petrie said that the fee reduction is a sensible and pragmatic move that realises the challenges many operators currently contend with..
“The cost of doing business has gone up significantly in terms of fuel, electricity, insurance and wages.
“I would strongly encourage the government to extend this measure to ensure pubs and clubs across the state are receiving relief on this front and freeing up capital in the process,” Mr Petrie said.