Push for safer nights out

Club man­ager wants more to be done

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - AN­NIE PERETS an­[email protected]­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

SAFE night precincts are lo­cated in var­i­ous towns across Queens­land, in­clud­ing in Bund­aberg and Gladstone, which im­ple­ment strate­gies in those ar­eas to make nights out safer for drinkers.

But there isn’t a safe night precinct on the Fraser Coast.

Smoke’n’Leather Manger Shaun Leather wants to know why and is push­ing to get one here.

He en­vi­sions a precinct es­tab­lished along the Esplanade, in­cor­po­rat­ing a num­ber of Her­vey Bay’s venues as bound­aries.

Safe night precincts can in­clude mea­sures such as the the in­tro­duc­tion of ID scan­ning ma­chines, roam­ing vol­un­teers check­ing up on party-go­ers, and the hand­out of red frog lol­lies.

Po­lice have praised lo­cal li­cenced venues on their ef­forts in tack­ling al­co­hol-fuelled vi­o­lence. In fact, as­saults are down this year com­pared to last year.

But Mr Leather be­lieves there is more which could be done to make nights out more en­joy­able for ev­ery­one.

He says the in­tro­duc­tion of ID scan­ners would be help­ful in catch­ing trou­ble­mak­ers com­ing from out-of-town as well as catch­ing un­der­age drinkers.

Mr Leather also wants to see the night­club’s open­ing hours ex­tended to 3am to avoid a con­ges­tion of in­tox­i­cated peo­ple wait­ing at taxi ranks

Cur­rently, all li­censed venues shut down at 2am.

“Smo­ken­leather is cam­paign­ing for a safe night precinct to be in­tro­duced in Her­vey Bay with a zero-tol­er­ance at­ti­tude to al­co­hol fuelled vi­o­lence,” Mr Leather said.

“It will align us with other ma­jor cen­tres in the state.”

A Face­book page called Safe Night Out – Her­vey Bay has been set-up, where peo­ple can show sup­port for the idea.

Photo: An­nie Perets

TACK­LING VI­O­LENCE: Smoke’n’Leather owner Shaun Leather wants to see a safe night precinct es­tab­lished in Her­vey Bay.

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