Rumaz Niteclub owners Sarah and Mark Vakauta (right) are introducing a new lockout time of midnight, a move supported by Hervey Bay police officers Mick Bleakley and Leonie See.
Rumaz Niteclub owners Sarah and Mark Vakauta (right) are introducing a new lockout time of midnight, a move supported by Hervey Bay police officers Mick Bleakley and Leonie See. Alistair Brightman

True Rumaz, there's to be a curfew

IF YOU aren’t in by midnight, you can’t come in at all.

This is the message Rumaz Niteclub will be giving its patrons when it drops its lockout time from 1am to midnight, in a bid to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

Sarah and Mark Vakauta, the owners of the Hervey Bay nightspot, which trades to 3am on weekends, say the new midnight curfew will be brought in on January 1.

The move, which is supported by local police, is not guided by legislation but is instead a decision the owners came to of their own accord.

“We’re hoping this will get more people off the streets of Hervey Bay before midnight,” Ms Vakauta said.

“We want to see them in a more controlled environment and we’ve got up to 12 security staff working on Saturday nights.”

She said it was also about supporting the State Government’s crack-down on alcohol crime.

“Our main motivation behind it is we’ve owned the club for about a year and just watching the alcohol-related violence as the night goes on.

“A lot of the people who come at 10 minutes to one o’clock have already had too much to drink and we legally can’t let them in.

“We stand to lose a lot of money from this but at the end of the day... it’s about having a good healthy impact on the community.”

Sergeant Mick Bleakley praised Rumaz staff and encouraged other Fraser Coast venues to follow suit.

“They are setting a benchmark, which is a very positive thing from our point of view,” he said.



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