By Annette Shailer
An 18-year-old man from Tully Heads in northeast Queensland has been slapped with a life ban from all pubs in his home town after repeat anti-social behaviour, including underage drinking.
The ban will see the teenager prohibited from drinking in, or buying alcohol from, any of the six licenced premises in or near the town.
More than 100 people have been banned from pubs and clubs in the town over the past three years since the Tully Liquor Accord was introduced but the teenager is the first to be banned for life.
The strict stance is being praised by many in the Tully community, with local business owners reporting less damage and cleaner streets.
The teenager can apply to the liquor accord in five years time to have his life ban overturned.
The ban follows a story that made global headlines earlier this week (Apr 21) when UK resident Laura Hall was banned from drinking alcohol or entering any pub in England and Wales for two years.
The 20-year-old has been issued with an order barring her from entering any pub, club, off-licence or bar, which gives Hall the dubious honour of being the first person banned from buying or drinking alcohol anywhere in England and Wales.
She is also banned from buying alcohol at any other establishment or shop, carrying it in an unsealed container or drinking it in a public place.
Hall was told by a judge she represented 'all that is despicable and rotten in society'.
The repeat offender, who has 26 convictions, was also warned if she carried on drinking she would die from alcohol abuse.
"You have 12 convictions for drunk and disorderly, let alone convictions for violence and criminal damage," said district judge, Bruce Morgan, at Redditch Magistrates’ Court.
"It must be a frightening sight to see you in full sail," he added.
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