Last drinks serve for 25 pub­go­ers on bad be­hav­iour

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.”

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