Setting the limits for a safe night out
REPRESENTATIVES from the Department of Justice, Queensland police, fire and ambulance services and local and State Government, gathered at the Whitsunday Regional Council chambers last week to map out the new Safe Night Precinct (SNP) in Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan said broadly speaking the precinct would encompass the area between the Waterson Way roundabout and Port of Airlie, with its northern boundary at the coast of the lagoon.
Airlie Beach is one of 15 newly designated SNP’s throughout the state, which form part of the Newman Government’s overall Safe Night Out Strategy to reduce drug and alco- hol-fuelled violence in the community.
Mr Costigan said licensees and other key stakeholders would also have an opportunity to “plug into the process”, which will be legislated on in parliament over the coming weeks.
Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council was very happy that Airlie Beach had been selected as one of the SNP’s.
“It is a welcome opportunity to establish good practices for our region around our entertainment areas,” she said.
Mr Costigan reiterated the overall message from the strategy was clear.
“You can’t play up like a second-hand lawnmower any more and get away with it – there will be consequences,” he said.
ACTION PLAN: Back row: Scott Waters (WRC), Jason Costigan (MP), Paul Ryan (OLGR), Marcus Hill (Inspector, Qld Police), Jennifer Whitney (WRC) and front row: Gavin Cousens (QAS), Russell Collier (QFES) and Steve O'Connell (QPS), planning the new Safe Night Precinct in Airlie Beach.