Hote­liers long for a less rowdy Macrossan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

GRANT and Al­i­son Pheas­ant, own­ers of the Pav­il­ions Hol­i­day Apart­ments on Macrossan St, would love the night time racket to stop.

A few nights ago they were wo­ken in the mid­dle of the night by a woman scream­ing out­side for half an hour.

“It’s scary to hear what goes on out there some­times,” Mrs Pheas­ant said. “I’ve had to call the po­lice a cou­ple of times, it gets quite vi­o­lent.”

Ms Pheas­ant has seen peo­ple be­ing pushed down the street in shop­ping trol­leys and heard con­stant foul lan­guage, ob­nox­ious chant­ing and suf­fered prop­erty dam­age.

“We had a com­plaint two nights ago about the noise; it’s re­ally start­ing to af­fect our busi­ness,” said Grant.

The cou­ple are call­ing for some­thing to be done soon be­fore the sea­son re­ally picks up.

“Rat­tle ‘n Hum co­op­er­ate with us. Iif pa­trons get too loud as they leave, we give them a call and they get them to qui­eten down,” said Mr Pheas­ant.

Rob Hamood, owner of the Le Cher Du Monde on Mac- rossan, said he and his guests ex­pe­ri­ence the noise too.

“It is what it is, peo­ple like to have a drink and en­joy them­selves. We’ve all been there. But it does have an im­pact on where peo­ple want to stay,” he said. When com­ments about this ap­pear on Tri­pAd­vi­sor it’s a blow.

CCTV or even an ear­lier cur­few are other op­tions the cou­ple wants coun­cil to look into.

“We’d love to see a pa­trol in the street, at least some sort of se­cu­rity or po­lice pres­ence at those hours.”

Sgt Damian Meadows said this was the first he’s heard of it. “We’ve had one re­ported as­sault in Macrossan Street in the past 12 months.

“There is an onus on pub own­ers to en­sure peace­ful be­hav­iour of pa­trons when they leave and we haven’t de­tected mas­sive breaches of that.

“We get noise com­plaints from any­where, it’s un­pre­dictable. We are in dis­cus­sions with the coun­cil to im­prove pub­lic safety.

Sgt Meadows said CCTV was one so­lu­tion but there were a lot of ex­penses and com­pli­ca­tions.


Grant and Al­i­son Pheas­ant (and Bangers), own­ers of Pav­il­ions

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