ID scan strat­egy fails the pub test Pa­trons shun Safe Night venues as own­ers count cost

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - TREN­TON AKERS

ONLY 19 rev­ellers were de­nied en­try to pubs and clubs out­side of Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the first two months of the State Gov­ern­ment’s ID scan­ning scheme.

And the state’s three latenight hot spots – For­ti­tude Val­ley, Brisbane CBD and Surfers Par­adise on the Gold Coast – recorded less than 70 be­tween them.

Data ob­tained by The Courier-Mail also re­veals a dra­matic re­duc­tion in the num­ber of IDs be­ing scanned around the state since the in­tro­duc­tion of the scheme on July 1.

In the first week, li­censed venues in the 15 Safe Night Precincts scanned 213,000 peo­ple, but only 167,000 peo­ple en­tered the same venues dur­ing the week end­ing Au­gust 27.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of scan­ning, all Ip­swich venues have ceased trad­ing past mid­night to avoid the high cost of scan­ning IDs,

Other Queens­land re­gional towns such as Bund­aberg, Mackay, Toowoomba and Glad­stone have had only a frac­tion of the num­ber of scans car­ried out in big­ger precincts.

Queens­land Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bernie Ho­gan said it had reached the point where it was more fi­nan­cially vi­able for venue li­censees to have busi­nesses out­side of Safe Night Precincts so they did not have to scan IDs.

“We’ve al­ways said ID scan­ners are use­ful in ar­eas where the risk sup­ports it – large groups of peo­ple on busy nights in the ma­jor pop­u­la­tion cen­tres, and the fig­ures are show­ing that,” he said.

“It has al­ways been our con­cern. Real­is­ti­cally you look at these re­gional places to push one, two or three peo­ple out on to the street or have them in queues.

“That was never the in­ten­tion, and in those places the cost doesn’t ap­pear to jus­tify the re­sult.

“The numbers sug­gest it is driv­ing peo­ple away from the li­censed venues which is the safest place for peo­ple to be.”

A spokes­woman for At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath said there would be a re­view of the ID scan­ner op­er­a­tion next year.

“ID scan­ners in li­censed venues are a key plank of the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s strat­egy for tack­ling al­co­hol­fu­elled vi­o­lence,” the spokes­woman said.

“More than 1.9 mil­lion IDs have been scanned since the laws were in­tro­duced in July.

“More than 95 con­tra­ven­tions have also been de­tected, which means there has been more than 95 in­stances where some­one with a ban­ning or­der has tried to en­ter a venue and has been stopped.

“If scan­ners have pre­vented one fam­ily from deal­ing with the af­ter­math of a tragedy, they have al­ready proven their worth.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.