REVIEW, ON THE DOUBLE
For most Gold Coast bar and nightclub operators – and no doubt patrons – a Government review of its troubled compulsory ID scanner rollout can’t come soon enough.
The Labor-led State Government is promising to next year run the ruler over it after a chaotic July 1 introduction.
Compulsory ID scanning has a laudable aim – to weed out patrons with court or police-imposed bar bans. The scanners are linked to a database red-flagging bad eggs.
But it had what can only be described as a botched introduction, with scanners proving incompatible with many foreign IDs. Unfortunately, for Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach those happened to be IDs from some of the Coast’s most popular visitor markets, Canada, the US and even NZ.
Manual entry created queues and frustration. The launch in late June happened to be on Canada Day, creating even more of a nightmare for increased numbers of celebrating Canadians on the Glitter Strip.
It is no wonder a respected voice of the hospitality industry, Elsewhere owner Simone Jenkins, wonders whether the new requirement has actually done much at all to achieve its goal of increased public safety.
As she says, in many ways it’s only led to more frustration for punters and headaches and extra cost for venue bosses.
She hopes any review properly analyses and determines whether any benefit has been achieved by the introduction.
And if not, let’s hope the Government has the courage to rethink the whole thing.