New Laws Make School Fundraisers Easier

21/03/2013

Schools and community groups in the Pine Rivers, Kallangur and Murrumba electorates will no longer require a Community Liquor Permit (CLP) for fundraising events under new laws introduced to Parliament this week.

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said the new laws would save time and money for community groups.

"Schools and community groups host these events simply to raise money for their students or members and they shouldn't be bogged down with unnecessary regulation," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"As part of the CLP permits, groups were required to have one person with a Responsible Service of Alcohol, pay a $57 fee and in some cases, employ security, which further added to the cost."

Member for Murrumba, Reg Gulley said that groups have raised concerns about these additional expenses and the amount of paperwork and red tape they have to go through, and the Government has responded.

"This also enables these groups to include alcohol as a prize in raffles under $100 without the need to apply for a permit," Mr Gulley said.

Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich said that the proposed legislation will also remove the requirement for nursing homes and hospitals to hold a liquor permit when serving two standard drinks per person.

"Like schools, hospitals and nursing homes are low-risk venues which sell small amounts of alcohol to residents and guests," Mr Holswich said.

"The Newman Government is committed to slashing red tape by 20 per cent and there is no reason why businesses, let alone community organisations should be lumped with unnecessary regulation."