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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Bundaberg urged to support push to address alcohol-fuelled violence

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Bundaberg urged to support push to address alcohol-fuelled violence

    The Palaszczuk Government is bringing its campaign for action on alcohol-fuelled violence to the Wide Bay.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath visited Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough on Thursday to build support for the Palaszczuk Government’s push to call last drinks across Queensland at 2am.

    Safe Night Precincts, including the Bundaberg high-traffic zone, can apply to call last drinks at 3am provided they also impose a 1am lockout.

    The laws are due to be debated in parliament next week.

    “I am urging the people of Bundaberg to join the chorus of support for law reform to help address the insidious and deadly problem of alcohol-fuelled violence,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “We have an opportunity to make history next week with the introduction of last drinks legislation that the research from Sydney and Newcastle tells us will have a major impact on reducing assaults and violence in our entertainment precincts.”

    Ms D’Ath said the Bundaberg Safe Night Precinct (SNP) Local Board was recently approved $136,364 to ensure a safer night out for patrons.

    She said the Bundaberg SNP was granted $18,182 to conduct an education campaign promoting alcohol rules and regulations to backpackers; $27,273 to employ a taxi marshal service during peak periods; and $90,909 to upgrade the local CCTV network in conjunction with the Bundaberg Regional Council.

    “These are great measures that can be put in place at the Bundaberg SNP to ensure a safer night out for patrons,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “Ensuring Queenslanders return home safely after a night out is a high priority for the Palaszczuk Government and it’s great to have direction from local people in Bundaberg about the best way to do just that.”

    Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson said it was wonderful that the Bundaberg SNP was empowered to work with the Palaszczuk Government to help fix local issues.

    “A safer night out for the people of Bundaberg is our key priority,” Ms Donaldson said.

    “It is measures such as this – combined with the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence – that will have a big impact on the safety of our venues and will ensure the vibrancy of our city’s nightlife.”

    Safe Night Bundaberg CBD Precinct Inc president Lloyd Finnis said the grant funding would help provide a safe night out in the city.

    “I’m fully supportive of the Palaszczuk Government’s initiatives to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence,” he said.

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