Two new guards to join Air­lie beat

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE streets of Air­lie Beach’s Safe Night Precinct will have an ad­di­tional pub­lic safety fac­tor from this Fri­day night when the SNP Street Se­cu­rity pro­gram be­gins.

The project is funded through the Of­fice of Liquor and Gam­ing Reg­u­la­tion and the SNP grants fund­ing pro­gram as part of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s Tack­ling Al­co­hol-Fu­elled Vi­o­lence Pol­icy.

Two se­cu­rity guards will con­duct roam­ing foot pa­trols within the Air­lie Beach SNP from 9pm on Fri­days and Satur­days and spe­cial event nights.

The Air­lie Beach SNP com­mit­tee be­lieves the pa­trols will re­duce in­ci­dents on the streets that some­times oc­cur be­tween venues, late night eater­ies and the taxi rank or when peo­ple are walk­ing home or to their ac­com­mo­da­tion af­ter a night out.

Air­lie Beach SNP com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Margie Mur­phy said the new se­cu­rity guards would be on the streets dur­ing the busiest week­end hours to pro­vide ad­di­tional safety.

“And they will sup­port the Rest and Re­cov­ery unit staff who al­ready do a fan­tas­tic job min­imis­ing harm to al­co­hol and drug-af­fected pa­trons within the precinct,” she said.

“The guards will be friendly and ap­proach­able and be able to give di­rec­tions to the taxi rank and ac­com­mo­da­tion to tourists.

“They’ll be there to gen­er­ally up­hold the val­ues of the precinct as a fun and safe place for a night out and def­i­nitely an as­sault-free zone.”

Se­cu­rity per­son­nel will be able to de­tect per­sons breach­ing bans from venues or the precinct and alert po­lice so they are re­moved.

“Some­times trou­ble­mak­ers on the street have not even been into any venues so it is not re­ally up to venue se­cu­rity to deal with any is­sues they cause,” Mrs Mur­phy said.


NIGHT WATCH: Elite Se­cu­rity guard Va­nia Kelemete with Safe Night Precinct com­mit­tee mem­ber Jar­ryd Bar­clay, Rest and Re­cov­ery's Torii Kelly, Safe Night sec­re­tary Margie Mur­phy and se­cu­rity guard Ralph Kelemete cel­e­brate new fund­ing for se­cu­rity per­son­nel in Air­lie Beach.

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