100-plus breached in Rockhampton safe precinct blitz
MORE than 100 infringements were handed out in Rockhampton's first month as a Safe Night Precinct.
Police served 31 bans, 63 public nuisance notices and seven move on notices between October 1 and 28.
The Bulletin reveals the exclusive figures today as part of the Hands Off anti-violence campaign.
Of the 1779 notices given across the 15 sites statewide, Surfers Paradise topped the ladder with 128 bans, 172 public nuisance notices and 43 move on notices.
Across the 10 regional precincts, Airlie Beach was the stand-out with 82 bans making up its 125 infringements. Rockhampton had the eighth highest number of bans and the seventh highest number of notices overall.
The four-year $44 million State Government strategy focuses on wiping out drunken late night violence through education, the safe night precincts and other programs. Safe Night Out executive responsible officer Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon said Rockhampton's late night alcohol-fuelled violence was always changing.
"It seems to be a fluctuating type of issue for us depending on the weather and depending on the time of the year," he said. "We probably have some problems with the ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) environment.
"We're working very close with the various groups and communities to address that."
The architect of the strategy, Brisbane Central MP Robert Cavallucci, said it was too soon to tell if the precincts would make a difference.
"It's probably in line with expectations and it's going extremely well in terms of the issuing of the banning notices," Mr Cavallucci said.
"It's too early after one month to draw any conclusions at all. It's about watching it over time then reporting back after six months and a year as to how things have trended."
- APN NEWSDESK