Senior Sergeant Mel Adams with (back from left) Rowan Toomey, Peter Tyson, Hal Stone and Tony Fenlon, met to discuss a new Rockhampton Liquor Industry Action Group strategy.
Senior Sergeant Mel Adams with (back from left) Rowan Toomey, Peter Tyson, Hal Stone and Tony Fenlon, met to discuss a new Rockhampton Liquor Industry Action Group strategy. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Rocky pubs ban 54 troublemakers

FESTIVE season revellers at Rockhampton city nightspots will be safer after police this week revealed they had barred 54 serial troublemakers.

Under tough new measures to weed out thugs, the individuals will be banned for life from attending 17 nominated licensed premises.

Failure to comply can result in charges being laid.

The system, where, if someone gets barred from one place they’re barred from them all, is the work of the Rockhampton Liquor Industry Action Group.

The group includes police, liquor licence officers and hotel managers.

The 54 on the list are determined by the signatory venues involved with the action group.

Police are currently tracking them down so they can be served with notices.

Some have moved out of town, while others are presently in jail.

Once served, a person has 14 days to appeal the decision.

Zodiac Extreme Nightclub general manager Darrin Ferguson said banning was the only way to stop the repeat offenders who caused trouble.

“This is going to push them out of the CBD ... the days of drinking and running amok are over,” said Mr Ferguson, who is a member of the action group.

Mr Ferguson said the nightclub already had its own banning policy, but this was taking it to “a higher level”.

“You can see a fight 20 minutes before it starts, that’s what we are trying to stop,” he said.

“We already have a couple of life bans.”

Officer in charge of Rockhampton police station Senior Sergeant Mel Adams said club owners were finding it was the same people who were causing trouble at their venues.

Alcohol-fuelled violence has been in the spotlight recently as the Queensland Government threatens to crack down on places where problems have occurred.

Action group secretary Hal Stone said there were plans to expand the system to include more licensed areas.

“We hope over time everyone will come on board because where do all the barred patrons end up, at your pub?” he said.



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