By Andrew Starke
Queenslanders are being encouraged to go online and have their say about Drink Safe Precinct trials in Townsville, Surfers Paradise and Fortitude Valley, with licensees also asked to comment.
Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for liquor licensing, Paul Lucas, said the online survey was a great opportunity for Queenslanders to let others know about their experiences in Drink Safe Precincts.
“Now that the Drink Safe Precinct trials have been up and running for three months we want to know what people who use them think and what ideas they might have for further improvements to community safety in these areas,” he said.
“I’d especially encourage young people who regularly use these precincts and work at venues within their boundaries to log on and let us know their thoughts.”
The two-year trial commenced in December last year following recommendations by the Law, Justice and Safety Committee’s inquiry into alcohol-related violence.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said the trials were part of a range of measures to reduce alcohol-related violence including increased police presence during peak times, the establishment of ‘safe zones’, better transport options and better on-the-ground coordination between community groups, security, police and licensees.
“The survey asks patrons about their experience in these precincts, perceptions of safety, attitudes and experiences of violence in these areas as well as their opinions on public amenities and the provision of public transport,” he said.
“The information gathered will help us continue to improve safety in Drink Safe Precincts so people can safely enjoy our vibrant nightlife.”
Residents, business owners and people working in these areas, patrons, licensees and service providers are all urged to complete the online questionnaire.
“It’s important for everyone involved in these precincts to have their say through the online survey,” Roberts said.
The surveys will be available online until Tuesday April 29 with results available online shortly after.
To complete one of the surveys, click here.
To comment, click here.