Last drinks serve for 25 pubgoers on bad behaviour
THE power to ban people from local pubs through the liquor accord is sending a strong message to the community that “bad behaviour will not be tolerated”.
According to the Port Douglas and Mossman police, approximately 25 people have been banned from local pubs in the last year - 13 from Mossman and 12 from Port Douglas.
The liquor accord bans patrons from the licence premises for committing “anti-social behaviour” including acting drunk, violent or inappropriate.
The rabbit hole is that these offenders are only banned from the pubs who are participating in the liquor accord and those who are banned in Mossman are not banned from the pubs in Port Douglas.
There are currently eight drinking establishments in Port Douglas who ban offenders including the Barrier Reef Tavern, Court House Hotel, Central Hotel, Iron Bar, the Combined Club, the Yacht Club, Rattle ’n’ Hum and Dougies Backpackers.
Iron Bar manager Steve Hull said the liquor accord should have been used years ago.
“The liquor accord is working well in Port Douglas,” he said.
“I think it has been absolutely great because it is a mechanism to get people to behave in town.
“The way it works is that if you are banned from one pub you are banned from all the pubs on the liquor accord in that region.
“That’s why when people are warned they tend to listen.”
Mossman Officerin-Charge Sergeant Ed Lukin strongly supports the liquor accord’s provision to ban people and also backs the cask wine ban which was reversed earlier this year by Mossman licensees.
“I think the liquor accord is definitely working in Mossman. I have heard that one male person has left the region because he was banned for 12 months from licence premises,” he said.
“So I think it is sending a strong message to the community that poor behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Mossman Bowls Club manager Kevin Rynne said the liquor accord is making a huge difference in the community.
“Despite the cask wine ban being cancelled, the liquor accord prevision of banning people from pubs or clubs is reducing problems in the community,” he said.
“When there are problems the accord can take action and it takes it off the hands of the individual license premises and puts it back onto the individual who is misbehaving.
“So it does make them a bit more personally accountable for their actions and makes them think twice about how they behave in public.”