Security guards placed for NYE

NINE council-employed security guards will be on duty in Rockhampton’s CBD on New Year’s Eve to stamp out trouble in the streets.

Two of them will monitor the taxi rank in Denham Street, which will be the hub of a transport system carefully constructed to ferry partygoers safely home from pubs, clubs and the ball at the Showgrounds.

Rockhampton Regional Council has worked with police, licensees, bus and taxi operators and the Department of Transport on a plan aimed at making this year’s celebrations the safest ever. Last year there were five security guards on duty.

A number of streets will be closed to traffic including Quay Street and East Street between William and Fitzroy streets and Denham Street from Bolsover to East.

The ball will end at 2am and revellers will be ushered into a fleet of shuttle buses for a ride into the CBD where functions at some venues will continue until 5am. The normal 2am lockout will be suspended.

No taxis will operate between the Showgrounds and the city centre.

Eight shuttle buses will tour the city’s hotels and clubs.

And Rocky Cabs has agreed to a “shared ride” schedule of prices between midnight and 6am to encourage as many as possible to use taxis.

From the CBD to any southside location will cost $7 per person, to the northside will be $7 to $9, to Gracemere and Nerimbera is $11 and $12.

The taxi rank will have marshals organising trips and fares – with the security guards making sure there’s no trouble.

Fares north of Ramsay Creek will be on the meter.

New Year’s Eve functions have been approved for the Stadium nightclub, Heritage Tavern, Criterion Hotel, Strutters, Allenstown Hotel, Great Western, Leichhardt Hotel and Oxford Hotel.

Tom Upton, Rockhampton Regional Council’s community services general manager, said he was confident the new measures would work.

He said the Showgrounds event had become well established, was well organised and supported by Queensland Police.

“There were no complaints from residents after the 2007 and 2008 events and the ball is now established on the calendar, generating substantial economic benefit for the city,” he said.

The ball is now established on the calendar, generating substantial economic benefit for the city



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