Safe night strategy at work in the Whitsundays
SINCE the Queensland Government’s Safe Night Out Strategy was officially implemented on October 1, Airlie Beach has ranked second in the state for the highest number of police banning orders made.
Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Whitsunday Police Station, Acting Senior Sergeant Brad Teys, said on one of the weeks to date, Airlie was surpassed only by Fortitude Valley, and on another occasion it was Surfers Paradise that took the dubious accolade of top ‘banning’ spot.
Nonetheless, Act Snr Sgt Teys said these statistics proved the strategy was working.
“When you consider there’s 15 [SNP’s] in the state and there’s some big centres [involved], that means the officers [here] are totally adhering to the task at hand,” he said. “The legislation’s been provided to enforce what we’ve always done, but now it [also] allows us to keep the trouble makers out of town for a period of time with supported, lawful documents banning them from either the [Airlie] licensed premises or the Safe Night Precinct altogether.”
Act. Snr Sgt Teys said any public order offences involving violence would incur banning notices, which could be extended for up to as much as three months.
“Depending on the circumstances for each person and after review by the OIC, offenders charged with either violent offences or public urination can expect lengthy banning periods form the SNP,” he warned.