Anti-social behaviour on decline

A BUSINESS, police and community effort to make Gympie safer at night has achieved significant progress, according to Liquor Industry Accord Group chairperson Lesley Mitchell.

The LIAG group combines the efforts of police, council and entertainment venues to keep things civil after hours, with special provisions to deal with troublesome individuals.

Licensed venues have worked together under the LIAG banner to bring about what Ms Mitchell called “a marked decrease in anti-social behaviour in Gympie”.

The LIAG agreement allows for people banned from one licensed venue to be banned from all member hotels in the event of repeated or serious problems.

Ms Mitchell also welcomed an increased police presence in the CBD at night, including walk-throughs in busy hotels.

“There has been a noticeable difference in behaviour patterns (and) it is important to note that police have carried out these duties in a professional and community oriented fashion.”

She said the group appreciates the council providing a meeting venue, and staff.

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