Adding weight to the fight
THE Gympie Times has started a new campaign to name and shame perpetrators of alcohol and drug induced violence in the region.
The campaign, Stop the Violence, Gympie says NO, will highlight all offenders who come before the court.
Hopefully it will act as a deterrent to would-be offenders and get the message out that the community has had enough.
In yesterday's The Gympie Times, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin warned the region's pub- and club-goers that drunken violence would not be tolerated.
While sentencing yet another local over a drunken Mary St disturbance, she said violence was simply not on.
"I certainly hope it's getting out there in Gympie that violence for me brings jail terms," Magistrate Baldwin said.
She said as a representative of the community, her duty was to reflect its expectations.
And her sentencing needed to send a message to the Gympie region that violent acts in the town could see culprits face time behind bars.
The Gympie Times fully supports the magistrate's tough stance.
Violence in the Gympie community isn't as bad as other regions but we need to nip it in the bud before a life is lost.
One has to only look at tragedies unfolding just south of us on the Sunshine Coast.
Former Gympie Cats' player Wayne Dover was killed on a night on the town and recently, Bruce Steensen was killed in an allegedly unprovoked attack at Mooloolaba.
This is the last thing we need to happen in Gympie and it's time to act now to stop the violence.