Maryborough Police District Senior Sergeant Dan Willett (right) addresses some members of the local Liquor Accord at a past meeting.
Maryborough Police District Senior Sergeant Dan Willett (right) addresses some members of the local Liquor Accord at a past meeting. Alistair Brightman

Play up and you are out

PARTY-goers who “play up” in bars around the Fraser Coast are more likely to face tougher consequences now that leaders from the region's Liquor Accords have joined forces.

Members of the region's various Liquor Accords met for the first time in Biggenden yesterday.

Chairperson of the Bundaberg/Bargara Liquor Accord, Geoff McIntosh, said opening up the lines of communication between members was the first step towards keeping all of the region's licensed premises safe.

He said statistics had shown that since the Liquor Accords were put in place, pub and hotel owners from all over the region had noticed the difference.

He also said Maryborough and Hervey Bay had different rules to the Bundaberg area and that understanding those differences was key to the best outcome.

He explained that in the Bundaberg area, unruly patrons could receive two different kinds of bans.

Type 1 is for the less serious offences such as abusing fellow patrons or staff, and Type 2 is for serious assaults.

In Maryborough and Hervey Bay however, one ban applies to all offences but the ban period can vary.

“If someone from Bundaberg plays up in Maryborough or Hervey Bay we can use the information we get from members there to enforce bans at our licensed premises as well,” Mr McIntosh said

“If we find that they have been banned from somewhere there we can just straight out ban them from here too.”

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