Regional liquor accord officer Senior Constable Mick Bleakley compares notes with public liaison officer Michael Bean in the company of Bay Central Tavern assistant manager Peter Soares.
Regional liquor accord officer Senior Constable Mick Bleakley compares notes with public liaison officer Michael Bean in the company of Bay Central Tavern assistant manager Peter Soares. Daniel Tweed

Michael gives accord a boost

THE battle to cut out boozy behaviour and the impact it has on society has been given some ammunition in the form of a new police liaison officer and a potential government grant.

Michael Bean has joined the Hervey Bay Police Station in the role of indigenous liaison officer.

He will assist with the service of documents and educating members of the community about the liquor accord.

He will also be educating police and other external organisations with regard to cultural issues in the Hervey Bay community and working with the community in an effort to deter people from landing on the wrong side of the law.

The Hervey Bay Liquor Accord police representative Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said he looked forward to working with Mr Bean.

“Michael’s role as a police liaison officer is to assist in breaking down cultural barriers between police and members of the community,” Snr Const Bleakley said

“His assistance in dealing with culturally sensitive issues within the community will provide an invaluable resource.”

The Hervey Bay Liquor Accord has proved to be effective with the number of blacklisted patrons significantly down from this time last year.

Snr Const Bleakley said during the early years of the accord many members of the community weren’t even aware it existed but he now believes the message is getting through.

As of the start of May, 38 patrons have been banned from entering all licensed venues in Hervey Bay, the majority for 12 months.

Next week members of the accord will meet for a progress update.

Snr Const Bleakley hopes by then it will be confirmed that the accord has received a $5000 grant which will go towards more signage in areas where intoxicated people tend to gather.

The funding would also be used for a new advertising campaign in which local high school students and community groups would have the chance to participate.



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