Bundaberg’s Safe Night Out Precinct shares in $44m pool
QUEENSLAND'S Safe Night Out Precinct boards - including Bundaberg's - will receive a cash injection of $50,000 each by the end of the month to kick-start their fight against alcohol-fuelled violence.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told APN each of the established precincts would receive their piece of $44 million in State Government funding within weeks.
The grant will be the first cash the precinct boards will see since they formed in October this year.
The Safe Night Out Precincts were a major element of the State Government's final Safe Night Out Strategy, launched in June this year.
The precincts include the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Gladstone, Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
Mr Bleijie said the strategy empowered the Safe Night Out Precinct Boards to apply for grants and implement their own facilities and services for their individual cities or towns.
The $50,000 establishment fund for each precinct will boost the fight against alcohol-fuelled violence for a safer night out for patrons.
"This is very much about locals deciding what is in their best interest, because each precinct is different," Mr Bleijie said.
This is very much about locals deciding what is in their best interest, because each precinct is different.
"This is about getting a group of people together as part of the precinct boards, whether it be merging liquor accords or other groups already in existence, as well encouraging the licensees and chambers of commerce, to look at how these groups can collectively keep their precinct safe.
"Rather than people waiting for the Government to hand out the money and us telling each precinct that they require 'x, y and z', we can empower local boards to work out the issues that need resolving in their areas."
Heightened security at transport zones, lighting and CCTV were mooted as possible projects that precincts boards would pursue.
"People know the Government is serious about tackling the issue because this is one of the most comprehensive strategies we've ever done," Mr Bleijie said.
"We haven't punished the majority of good, law-abiding citizens for the sins of a few, but we are recognising there is an issue.
"Across Queensland there has already been 681 banning notices in the past month since the Safe Night Out Precincts commenced.
"This is everyone's responsibility and it's about education and a cultural change and it is then we will have less violence."