Accord combats bad behaviour

A REGIONAL Liquor Accord meeting was held at Biggenden yesterday to discuss and address ways to combat alcohol-induced bad behaviour.

Due to the increase in Liquor Accord registrations, the Bundaberg Bargara Liquor Accord hosted a regional liquor accord meeting inviting representatives from all accords in the Wide Bay, Burnett and Cooloola region.

Bundaberg Bargara Liquor Accord chairman Geoff McIntosh said the meeting was important.

“We had a meeting of the liquor accord and discussed what we do individually and what we can do as a group,” he said.

He said liquor accords were a successful scheme used to reduce unruly and unacceptable behaviour.

The accords provide clear standards and guidelines for the responsible service of alcohol by licensees, and identify and implement initiatives to create a safer community.

“We discussed common issues and discussed actions to take,” he said.

The accord has been developed to address a range of issues, in particular violent and anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues, to build positive relationships between licensees and improve the safety and appeal of the area.

“If there is one person banned from a number of places we might consider banning them from all our premises under the accord,” Mr McIntosh said.

Biggenden's Grand Hotel proprietor Paul Dowling said the business put the accord in place three months ago.

“It's going to work really well,” he said. “The meeting brought thoughts and spoke about different ways premises go about it.”

He said the pub was lucky to be in a small area because if one person got banned everyone would know who that person was.

“It's still at the early stages but I think it will take off,” Mr Dowling said.

He said people should have peace of mind when they went into a licensed place.

“People know they can have a drink in a country environment with no trouble.”

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