The Marsden Tavern’s Paul Vines and Brad Nobbs are willing to hold underage events after an increase in Yeppoon teenagers causing trouble.
The Marsden Tavern’s Paul Vines and Brad Nobbs are willing to hold underage events after an increase in Yeppoon teenagers causing trouble. Nikita Watts

Town youths vent boredom

THE streets of Yeppoon's CBD are littered with out-of-control teenagers, security workers told members at a Liquor Accord meeting yesterday.

Lisa Evans, a security officer at the Pacific Hotel, presented a report to the Capricorn Coast Liquor Accord detailing the illegal and appalling behaviour of teens she had seen in the past few weeks.

Ms Evans said there was a group of 15 drinking in James St and trying to enter pubs anyway they could - including jumping the fence.

She said they then verbally abused and threatened her and others when she told them to leave.

"What are our legal rights and responsibilities? How much can we do," she asked.

"It's happening more and more and I know a lot of them are under the drinking age. I've seen them in their school uniforms."

Some hoteliers said it wasn't a surprise to them and it had always been an issue in town.

Ms Evans said they were looking for something to do, and the old adage of "there's nothing for teenagers to do in town" was reiterated by almost all in the room.

President John Foley asked if anyone was aware of school holiday events planned during the Easter break, to which the room fell silent.

Marsden Tavern's Paul Vines said the venue had previously tried to organise an underage event, but never received a response from authorities.

Mr Foley suggested the accord members work together to organise an activity, or raise money to help a community organisation put on an event.

Mr Vines said he was keen to organise underage nightclub events during holidays with competitions and prizes to keep kids off the streets.

"We will see if other local businesses will come on board and support it," he said.

Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay told members to confiscate fake IDs and hand them into the station.



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