Stadium Nightclub general manager Rowan Toomey has introduced a new license-scanning security system which will store all party-goers’ details for 28 days.
Stadium Nightclub general manager Rowan Toomey has introduced a new license-scanning security system which will store all party-goers’ details for 28 days. CHRIS ISON CI

ID scanner to control club thugs

THUGS planning on misbehaving at Rockhampton’s Stadium Nightclub can expect to be caught and possibly banned thanks to a city-first identification scanning system.

The Quay Street venue has introduced ID Tech, the latest technology in patron safety.

General manager Rowan Toomey says it’s a thing of the future.

Clubs in Mackay, Sydney and the Gold Coast have already implemented similar systems.

Upon entry to the nightclub all patrons will have their licence or 18+ card scanned and details stored for 28 days.

Mr Toomey said the system, which started last weekend, would help identify those who acted in a disorderly manner.

It will also help police locate those who misbehave. “If someone is involved in an incident and we don’t want them back in our establishment we can flag them on the system as banned patrons,” Mr Toomey said.

“It’s a mechanism to improve on our operating systems and patron safety.”

Mr Toomey believes some other local establishments are also in planning stages of implementing the scanning system.

If they were to introduce the same program, clubs could share information about unruly patrons.

Mr Toomey said the Stadium Nightclub had a zero-tolerance policy.

He said banning timeframes would depend on the incident.

“We have a right to ban people,” he said

“If they don’t adhere to our policies then I’m sorry you’re not welcome.”

Mr Toomey is also president of the Liquor Industry Action Group, which, along with members of the Queensland Police Service, meets each month to discuss safe liquor practices.



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