ONE YEAR AGO...

Whitsunday Times - - WELCOME -

THE state lock­out laws were a big talk­ing point at this time last year.

While the laws have now started com­ing into ef­fect, many busi­ness own­ers in Air­lie Beach fought against the changes.

The laws in­clude a 1am lock­out, mean­ing pa­trons who leave af­ter this time will not be al­lowed back into li­censed venues.

At the time, Mama Africa night­club owner Stacy Har­vey said she be­lieved the LNP Govern­ment’s Safe Night Out Strat­egy, of which Air­lie Beach is a part, had been the most suc­cess­ful cam­paign to curb al­co­hol-fu­elled vi­o­lence.

She said the strat­egy had seen a 23.5% drop in as­saults since July 2014, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from Whit­sun­day Po­lice.

Ms Har­vey and the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct team sug­gested this strat­egy was more ef­fec­tive than the then pro­posed lock­out laws.

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