Strong reforms ensure a Safe Night Out for all

28 Aug 2014 12:16 PMJann Stuckey

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28 August 2014

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has spoken in strong support of legislative changes included in the Newman Government’s comprehensive Safe Night Out Strategy.

During debate of the Safe Night Out Legislation Amendment Bill that passed through state parliament this week Ms Stuckey said, “the passage of this bill will see an increase in police powers, strengthening of liquor licensing compliance measures and stronger local management of entertainment precincts.”

“All of these objectives share a common purpose of reducing drug and alcohol fuelled violence in Queensland.  It is about patrons, venues, communities and the Government coming together to create a safe, co-operative and exciting culture for Queensland’s nightlife,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Our Safe Night Out Strategy will see a change in the culture through awareness campaigns and education; a change in the environment through safe night out precincts and a change in the law through this legislation.

“The strategy had been backed by $44.5 million funding injection in this year’s State Budget.

“The reforms have come about following extensive, lengthy and detailed community and stakeholder engagement with over 13,800 responses to surveys.

“To make sure we get this right we have committed to reviewing the Safe Night Out Strategy after 12 months. This is not just a quick fix solution – we will monitor the initiatives and make any necessary adjustments.

“We’ve taken the first steps, but government cannot do this alone and I hope that patrons, venues and the community will all work with us to create a safe, vibrant nightlife in Queensland.

Link to the debate, begins bottom page 60 http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2014/2014_08_26_DAILY.pdf

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