Police plan zero tolerance
BUNDABERG Police have warned they will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to people who insist on running amok on New Year’s Eve.
Senior Sergeant Irwin Hoffmann said extra police had been rostered on to deal with the usual high number of calls for their services on the night.
“We want people to enjoy the evening; however we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour that includes damage to people’s property or assaults on people, including domestic violence,” he said.
“You should not drink to excess, and be aware of your limitations. Police ask that you look after your mates to ensure everyone has a good time.
“Those that don’t heed the warning, or disregard it, can have plenty of time to reflect on their actions while they see in the New Year in our watchhouse.”
For people eager to get home, Bundaberg Cab Company operations manager Graham Crowden said all 32 taxis operated by the company would be on the road all tomorrow night.
“The best thing people can do is be patient and understand we are doing our best with limited resources on what is our biggest night of the year,” he said.
“People who have ordered a taxi should understand we will get to them eventually.”
Club Hotel manager Shane Isles said he was looking forward to New Year’s celebrations.
“We just want to have a hassle-free night with lots of party-goers around Bundy that have supported the Club Hotel throughout the year,” he said.
With three areas offering different kinds of music, Mr Isles said there would be something for everyone to put their best dancing foot forward.
The hotel has also had its licence extended, so it will be open until 5am on New Year’s Day, with lock-out extended to 3am.
The Central Hotel has also extended its opening time on New Year’s Day until 5am.
Owner Tim Noonan said he had planned a New Year’s surprise, but his lips were firmly sealed about what that actually was.
“We won’t be doing a balloon drop this year, it will be something different,” he said.
By the seaside, the Bargara Beach Hotel Motel has extra bus services to take patrons to and from Bundaberg, while at Bargara Lakes Tavern meals will be served and the pub will be open long enough to see in 2010.