Bad eggs not welcome in Coolangatta

6 Jul 2017 3:16 PMJann Stuckey

Coolangatta licensees have expressed concerns that troublemakers banned from bars and clubs in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach will head south and cause trouble once mandatory ID scanning is introduced from July 1.


Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP said residents and businesses had worked hard over the years to rebuild Coolangatta’s reputation as a safe and friendly destination after a spate of ugly incidents.


“At a recent Coolangatta Liquor Accord meeting with over twenty licensees in attendance, concerns were raised about the potential fall-out of banned nightclub and hotel patrons in Surfers and Broadbeach heading south to Coolangatta,” Ms Stuckey said.


“We’re very protective of our reputation as a safe and friendly tourism location, and reports of patrons being turned away from venues over the weekend has re-enforced concerns about where these bad eggs might end up.


“Since the Palaszczuk Labor Government watered down the LNP’s tough bikie laws there have been frequent reports of a resurgence of outlaw bikie gang activity on the southern Gold Coast.


“Coolangatta Liquor Accord have asked to be classified as a Safe Night Precinct (SNP), and I’m currently investigating ways for them to achieve this.


“There’s been a significant increase in licensed premises in Coolangatta since SNP’s were first introduced by the LNP Government in 2014.


“With new legislation including mandatory ID scanning commencing on July 1, popular entertainment precincts such as Coolangatta deserve to be reassessed for their suitability as a Safe Night Precinct.


“The Commonwealth Games is on our doorstep and I have no doubt that Coolangatta will be a favoured destination, which is why we should be doing all we can to keep Coolangatta a safe place for locals and visitors.”