Organisers chuffed at ball success
AN organiser of Rockhampton’s Gangster and Glamour Ball yesterday said the New Year’s event was a success with safety measures working well.
Gary Stickley, one of the ball’s organising committee, said the more than 2000 people who attended the ball had had a good night.
He was particularly happy with the way the “can for a can system” went, where patrons had to return their empty cans before being given another drink.
“It was brilliant, we should have brought it in last year,” Mr Stickley said.
Police and Liquor Licensing Queensland also restricted consumption of alcohol after 11pm to mid-strength drinks (up to 4%) or wine in serves of 100ml.
Mr Stickley said he thought in the future liquor licensing officers should attend the event and gauge when to switch to mid-strength drinks.
He said he was also keen to work in with the organisers of other New Year’s events in Rockhampton to get “the right formula” for the city.
One of the things he is keen to see is the re-establishment of the Recovery event in a new format.
Liquor Licensing cancelled this year’s Recovery after the unruly behaviour of a small minority of patrons last year.
“If we get things right we will get more people coming to town,” Mr Stickley said.
He said security had done a wonderful job.
Ball patrons came from across the country and there were even some from overseas.
Officer-in-charge of Rockhampton station Senior Sergeant Mel Adams said police were happy with how the ball went.
“They were very well-behaved,” Senior Sergeant Adams said.
“We think the mid-strength cut-off worked well and everyone seemed to be having a good time.”