Pub patrons kept in line

AFTER more than 50 alcohol-related incidents across the Capricorn Coast in the past two months, Capricorn Coast Liquor Accord members are working together to encourage positive alcohol use in and around licensed premises.

Sixteen members of the accord met last week to consider the best course of action to address the increasing problem.

Accord chairman John Foley said the accord Capricorn Coast Liquor Accord played a vital role in encouraging patrons to behave.

"It is important that patrons realise we are serious and will exclude people from licensed premises should they continue to behave badly," Mr Foley said.

"Over 40 people have been excluded from licensed premises since the accord was first formed in 2007."

Another area of concern for the liquor accord has been the increase in alcohol-fuelled incidents during and after parties.

Yeppoon Police Senior Sergeant Robert Barclay said it was important community members registered their intended parties with Party Safe by visiting their nearest police station well before the event to safeguard themselves and their guests.

"The Party Safe program is an initiative designed to encourage people to enjoy social gatherings in a safe and secure environment," Snr Sgt Barclay said.

"An example of poor planning was a party held out of town recently that left partygoers with no manner in which to get home.

"It is important when planning events such as this to ensure attendees have a safe transport alternative.

"It is also important to ensure a sufficient number of non-drinking adults are in attendance where young people are involved."

To register a party contact police in advance.

They will supply helpful advice and armbands to ensure you know who should be attending.

More information about the Party Safe initiative is available at police.qld.gov.au/party.

Simple party tips

  • Register your party with Party Safe at your local police station well before the event
  • Ensure people know the party is by invitation only
  • Avoid advertising your event on social media sites
  • Have a clear start and finish time
  • Advise your neighbours about the event Secure breakables and valuables
  • Ensure the venue is big enough for your allocated number of guests
  • Remove or secure any hazards
  • Consider supervision or security options for large numbers
  • Refuse gatecrashers entry
  • Ensure your guests have a safe method of transport to get home


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