Mayor: clean-up Yeppoon's nightlife

MAYOR Brad Carter spoke Tuesday of his grave concerns about the levels of drunken violence in Yeppoon.

The Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor said the fear of violence had grown into a major issue at the coast.

He told his council colleagues that he feared some licensees were breaching their licences by continuing to serve customers who were already intoxicated.

The matter had been brought to a head by the attack earlier this month on his namesake, 19-year-old Bradley Carter, who spent a week in a coma after he was discovered unconscious in the street.

It is understood the teenager had left a Yeppoon hotel at 3am and was attacked minutes later and bashed almost to death.

“This is an emotive issue that is gathering momentum,” he said.

“There is a petition to close all Yeppoon drinking establishments at midnight and there are many concerned people who fear that it is only a matter of time before someone is killed. “It is a matter that won't go away and as a council we need to consider what we can do about the problem.”

He said after speaking with senior police officers he was not impressed with the way licensing laws were being breached.

“I have had seasoned drinkers, men who are well capable of looking after themselves, who are telling me they no longer feel safe in Yeppoon at certain establishments.

“I think the violence and the drinking have reached an unacceptable level.”

He said he was also concerned that police had to deploy resources in the early hours of the morning to deal with alcohol-related problems. “It is taking up too much of their time,” he said.

The Mayor said he would like to see intelligent debate and suggested solutions.

One option was to raise the matter with State politicians.

Cr Glenda Mather said she thought the violence had been predictable because people had access to alcohol into the wee hours.



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