Gympie on its best behaviour
GYMPIE proved to be on its best behaviour when compared to Brisbane and NSW at the weekend when Operation Unite Bravo took place.
While other parts of the nation showed their seedy side with violence and other liquor related crime, Gympie Acting Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Andrew Holding explained there were no problems in Gympie.
“We had an excellent result,” he said yesterday.
The operation which ran over Friday and Saturday nights targetted pubs and clubs around the nation in a bid to crack down on liquor related offences and in particular violence.
Over the weekend 15 officers took to the streets.
Friday saw three arrests, 132 random breath tests were performed and police issued 15 traffic infringement notices.
Only two liquor related infringements were handed out.
Saturday, Snr Sgt Holding said, was much busier with eight people arrested over night on nine charges.
On Saturday 123 RBTs were conducted and three liquor related infringement notices and one traffic infringement were dealt.
Gympie's Liquor Industry Accord Group Chair and Billy's Hotel hotelier Lesley Mitchell said she didn't have any trouble.
“I do feel that it was a deterrent for anyone who was troublesome not to come out to the street,” she said.
But Ms Mitchell said the blitz also affected “good responsible people”, who thought there was a problem in the street and decided to stay in.
“Gympie's good to go out in. Five people (given liquor infringements) that's a good result.”