Rumaz nightclub owner Mark Vakauta looks on as head of security Jeff McDermott scans a patron.
Rumaz nightclub owner Mark Vakauta looks on as head of security Jeff McDermott scans a patron. Alistair Brightman

Tough love reduces rowdy behaviour

BEHAVE or be banned.

That's the message Fraser Coast police have for troublemakers who play up in local pubs and clubs.

Last week members of the Hervey Bay and Maryborough Liquor Accords got together and Hervey Bay Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said the decision to take a tougher line had paid off.

He said since the Liquor Accord was formed two-and-a-half years ago the level of offending in licensed premises had decreased.

“Figures indicate that assaults and disorderly behaviour are down,” Snr Const Bleakley said.

“Word is getting out.

“People know that if they turn up to a hotel or club and cause trouble, they are going to be banned.”

During last week's meeting it was revealed a banned person had gained entry into a local licensed venue.

While it is not illegal for pub and club owners to allow blacklisted patrons through the door, Snr Const Bleakley said he would “strongly advise” against it.

“It really tears at the fabric of what the Liquor Accord is all about,” he said.

As for banned people who tried to get into any licensed premises, Snr Const Bleakley warned they would just find themselves out in the cold for a longer period of time.

There are currently 57 people banned from pubs and clubs under the Hervey Bay Liquor Accord.

This year there have been 27 breaches and all offenders have fronted court as a result.

Snr Const Bleakley said members of the accord were currently looking at extending ban periods for repeat offenders.

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