Pubs brace for Aus Day

AS publicans on the Capricorn Coast are preparing for Australia Day, they are warning patrons they will come down hard on troublemakers spoiling the day for others.

Greg Dowell from The Strand Hotel joined other publicans and members of the Capricorn Coast Liquor Accord at a meeting yesterday where they agreed the joint banning policy for repeat offenders was working.

“Word is getting out, and there have been less troublemakers,” Greg said.

“The atmosphere is a lot better.”

And even on big days, New Year’s Eve and Boxing Day, Greg had noticed a difference.

“People are realising now they can’t get inebriated and if they turn up inebriated they can’t get in.”

Greg said he was already making plans for Australia Day, which included not serving high-energy drinks or shooters, and extra security

“We expect people will have a good day and control their actions.”

Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay urged party-goers on the coast not to be un-Australian.

“I want people to enjoy Australia Day but don’t do anything that will spoil it for others,” Senior Sergeant Barclay said.

He said there would be police out in force on Australia Day with Rockhampton and Yeppoon officers maintaining a high visibility, at the Australia Day Beach Party and in the Yeppoon CBD.

“There will be zero tolerance for disturbances, drunk and disorderly and traffic offenders,” he said.

The official Capricorn Coast Liquor Accord logo was launched to the members at the meeting. Crime Prevention Officer Hal Stone said the logo was designed to show the community that the different venues were working on a united front to stamp out problems relating to alcohol and crime.




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