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At least 10 people have been barred from all licensed venues

DRUNKEN louts are being blacklisted from Hervey Bay bars as police and pub owners work to make local nightlife safer.

Fresh from his last meeting as the Hervey Bay station's Liquor Accord representative, Senior Constable Mick Bleakley, who after seven years is preparing to take a step back from the role, is confident all members have a common goal.

At least 10 people who have assaulted patrons in a pub have been barred from all licensed venues.

Sen Const Bleakley said the absence of Liquor Accord breaches in recent months showed patrons were "modifying their behaviour" and reflected the determination of accord members rid nightspots of anti social behaviour.

As he prepares to hand over the reigns to Constable Joe Azzopardi, Sen Const Bleakley hopes to see a continued joint effort between venues and police "with a primary focus of stamping out violence".

He said the challenge was to not only deal with the aftermath of alcohol related attacks but to stop them from happening in the first place.

He also urged bar staff to co-operate with police and provide CCTV footage and statements wherever possible, to help police catch the culprits.

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