Set­ting the lim­its for a safe night out

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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