GET YOUR ID READY IN AIR­LIE

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Dane Lilling­stonedane.lillingstone@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THERE will be some big changes when you go out in Air­lie Beach’s main street this week­end, with the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pul­sory ID scan­ners.

From Satur­day, ev­ery­one en­ter­ing a li­censed venue that’s open after mid­night must have their ID scanned to en­ter after 10pm.

The aim of the changes is to pre­vent peo­ple who have been banned from pubs and clubs through ei­ther court orders or po­lice and venue bans from en­ter­ing a premises. Se­cu­rity will be no­ti­fied im­me­di­ately if a per­son is banned and the po­lice will also be sent a no­tice.

While the move has been hailed as a way of keep­ing banned peo­ple out of venues, it will also mean that any­one en­ter­ing a venue late at nightwill have their ID scanned, no mat­ter what age they are.

Air­lie Beach venues Mag­nums Ho­tel, Paddy’s Shenani­gans, Boom Night­club and Mama Africa will be re­quired to in­stall and op­er­ate the scan­ners and they have wel­comed the changes.

Mag­nums venue man­ager Jar­ryd Bar­clay said it would be a learn­ing process.

“I see this be­ing a valu­able tool for all li­censed venues when it comes to mis­be­haviour within li­censed venues as we can keep the peo­ple out that we don’t want in,” he said.

“In say­ing that it will be a tough process to be­gin with as peo­ple have not been ed­u­cated enough by the gov­ern­ment.”

Mama Africa owner Stacy Har­vey said peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes when go­ing out would have to change.

“The main prob­lem for the venues is that it will cer­tainly have an af­fect and hurt the bot­tom line a lit­tle bit. Our ex­pe­ri­ence from other ar­eas us­ing them (is) you do lose patrons who don’t know and don’t bring ID with them,” she said.

Pad­dys and Boom have also said they fully sup­port the scan­ners.

Ms Har­vey had one mes­sage for patrons this week­end.

“If it hap­pens to be you who doesn’t have ID, there’s no point in get­ting up­set, it’s just the new laws,” she said.

Ac­cept­able forms of ID in­clude Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional driv­ers li­censes, 18+ cards, pass­ports and an Aus­tralia Post Key­pass.

PHOTO: BRODIE HOPE PHOTOGRAPHY

CHANGE: The main street of Air­lie Beach where sev­eral venues are set to in­tro­duce ID scan­ning.

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