Cheers to Noosa’s tasty takeaway business fix
NOOSA needs to rally behind its small businesses in these times of coronavirus crisis and one of the best starts is to order a nice red or white wine with the takeaway from your favourite local restaurant or cafe.
That is the grassroots plea from Noosa mayoral candidate Clare Stewart who is hailing a move from ‘the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation’ to assist our hospitality and food industry.
“Amongst all the bad news we have heard over the past few weeks, here is something positive which may help our local restaurants and cafes right here in Noosa,” Ms Stewart said on the eve of the election.
She said Noosa restaurants and cafes holding a current liquor licence that sells takeaway food can also supply takeaway alcohol or delivery.
The takeaway alcohol can only be supplied in conjunction with a takeaway food order and must consist of bottled or canned beer, wine, cider and ready-to-drink beverages such as premixed spirits
Ms Stewart said a maximum limit of 2.25 litres of alcohol applies and can only be sold together with each takeaway food order.
She believes this is a real lifeline for so many eateries forced to shut their doors to dine-in customers in the wake of trading restrictions enforced by the pandemic.
“It is unprecedented I believe,” Ms Stewart said.
Ms Stewart said alcohol sales is where the majority of Noosa’s restaurants do make their money.
“As an example, Andrea down at the Waterfront (Restaurant), well he can now sell a pizza takeaway with a bottle of wine.
“I’d rather go buy a bottle of wine to support a small local business from him than go to Dan Murphy’s which is a big juggernaut.
“So if we can support our small business, we should do what we can.
“I’ve been down at Peregian Beach today and that was very quiet and I was just at Noosaville picking up some takeaway lunch … again very quiet.
“Our business community is hurting and this will have a major impact.”
She said the community must, as a first priority, stay safe and act cautious.
“I’m a mum and two of my kids are still at school, but I have friends who have chosen to leave their children at home.
“That’s a personal decision. She said her children’s school was going into pupil free days next week ahead of the Easter break.
She said some parents have no choice but to send their kids to school.
“But if we are going out, grab the morning (takeaway coffee), practice social distancing, buy a loaf of bread from the local bakery and where it’s safe, still support local industry.”