Police officers Mick Bleakley and Dan Willett gave out merchandise promoting safe drinking at yesterday’s Hervey Bay Liquor Accord meeting.
Police officers Mick Bleakley and Dan Willett gave out merchandise promoting safe drinking at yesterday’s Hervey Bay Liquor Accord meeting.

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CUSTOMISED drink coasters and information cards will help educate Hervey Bay’s pub patrons about responsible drinking this festive season.

The merchandise is an initiative of the Hervey Bay police and was given to representatives of licensed venues at a Hervey Bay Liquor Accord meeting yesterday.

Senior Constable Mick Bleakley said the items, which cover issues like drink-spiking, assaults, safe commuting and curfew laws, would be on hand at venues to make patrons aware of their responsibilities.

“It’s been running elsewhere in the state and we’ve been given some funding to do it in Hervey Bay,” he said.

“It’s a trial at this stage and I’ll be asking for feedback from the hotels.”

Party Safe posters have also been made with a distinct Hervey Bay focus, featuring a list of phone numbers that includes police, taxis and the hospital.

The Liquor Accord aims to curb alcohol-related crime and is made up of representatives of licensed venues, police, council and legal services.

Snr Const. Bleakley said since last month’s meeting, seven people had been placed on the Liquor Accord, meaning they were banned from all licensed venues in Hervey Bay.

Torquay Hotel manager Darren Carter said he thought the message was getting through.

“People are starting to realise they can’t play up in licensed venues because we are all standing together and saying we won’t put up with it,” he said.

Mr Carter’s message to Christmas revellers: “If you’re not prepared to be responsible and have a good time over Christmas, then we don’t want you.”



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