Naughty patrons get the message
THE city is reaping the benefits of the four-year-old Bundaberg and Bargara Liquor Accord – with substantially fewer patrons being banned from licensed venues to date compared with the corresponding time last year.
The number of troublemakers banned from licensed venues for anti-social behaviour took a significant dive from 29 bans this time last year to just 11 this year.
Seven patrons were banned from every licensed venue included in the accord four years ago, compared with just two every year since.
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs prevention officer Lloyd Brooks said he was thrilled with the result.
“We suspected they were coming down, but we didn't expect a dive like this,” he said.
“I like to think the message is getting across.”
Mr Brooks said in the past, people were of the mentality that if they misbehaved, they would get away with it.
“It's got out into the public that anti-social behaviour is not accepted in licensed venues,” he said.
He said the purpose of the accord was not to single out a “problem child”, but to work as a group to wipe out antisocial behaviour.
Western Suburbs Leagues Club manager and accord chairman Geoff McIntosh said the accord was also now a talking point among patrons.
“We haven't had any incidents or issues,” he said.
Following the success of the accord in the past four years, Mr McIntosh said it could have been started sooner.
“Just from the results we had – if it was in place a lot sooner, those results could have been achieved,” he said.