Sergeant Paul Bennett with Ginger Mule manager Hamish Hughes at the official handover of bar mats designed to raise awareness of illicit drugs.
Sergeant Paul Bennett with Ginger Mule manager Hamish Hughes at the official handover of bar mats designed to raise awareness of illicit drugs. Chris Ison

Bar mats to battle drugs

BAR mats in 20 of Rockhampton’s most popular pubs and clubs will be rolled out as the latest tools used to fight drugs.

Rockhampton Police and the local Liquor Industry Action Group have joined forces and released bar mats with the slogan “stop illicit drugs in pubs ‘n clubs”.

Sergeant Paul Bennett, the Liquor Enforcement and Proactive Strategies Unit co-ordinator, said 68 mats were rolled out last night. “It’s a preventative measure, Rockhampton patrons are quite good,” he said.

“If you go back to 2006 when it was a fairly violent town there has been a real turnaround in the culture. Street offences have gone down somewhat in the past year.”

Sgt Bennett said mats were chosen over posters because they were often removed and coasters were destroyed easily.

He said it was something members of the LIAG, like the Ginger Mule, were looking forward to using.

Manager Hamish Hughes said yesterday he was happy to put his hand up in support of the anti-drugs campaign.

“We don’t really have a problem with drugs, we often attract an older crowd,” he said.



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