Police, council, licensees unite
PREVENTING drunks from misbehaving in the Whitsundays was the main focus of yesterday's liquor accord meeting between Whitsunday police and licensees in the main street of Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday Police Station acting senior sergeant Brad Teys said police were addressing issues as part of a long term approach to the problem.
"We hope to initiate a system where licensed venues can have a member of staff or security who can be solely responsible for RSA and can identify people suffering from being drunk prior to committing offences or having to be removed from premises," he said.
Other topics covered at the meeting included the breach of the liquor licensing act by three licensed premises in the main street on Good Friday as well as the installation of CCTV cameras and drink promotions.
"We will be looking for places advertising drink discounts and happy hours that are not in accordance with the liquor act and that promote rapid consumption of alcohol," Snr Sgt Teys said.
"We are also canvassing thoughts about having extra security patrols in the main street late at night." Snr Sgt Teys also addressed Whitsunday Regional Council at their meeting yesterday and discussed ideas of improving security at the taxi rank in Airlie Beach, CCTV cameras, general liquor licensing issues and other policing matters. "This is a good idea because they [council] get an insight into what resources are being utilised to fulfil our policing agenda and how issues in the CBD or Whitsunday district can affect all stakeholders," he said.
"The main concern of police, council and licensees is to maintain a safe and friendly environment in our area."
Snr Sgt Teys said over the next two months police would be focusing on issues brought up at both meetings.