Operation Parasol in action on a Saturday night.
Operation Parasol in action on a Saturday night. Chris Chan

Funding yet to be secured for campaigns to target assaults

GLADSTONE Police are hoping a return to graphic anti-violence campaigns will help curb disorderly behaviour in the CBD.

One Punch Can Kill and Walk Away, Chill Out were launched in Gladstone several years ago, and aimed at reducing the number of assaults and public nuisance offences on Friday and Saturday nights.

Gladstone Police District crime prevention co-ordinator Susan Lowndes said assaults were a big problem in Gladstone's CBD precinct.

"Our major issue at the moment is assaults that are occurring on a Saturday night," Snr Const Lowndes said.

"If we get through to at least one person then the effort has been worthwhile."

Police said a chaplaincy program was also being explored for Gladstone, which could see relief groups provide assistance and a calming influence for revellers at the weekend.

But funding for the program is yet to be secured.

Night turned sour for 18-year-old female when man started verbal argument with her

WHEN 18-year-old Sarah Mann ventured out on Thursday night in Gladstone she didn't think she'd be in a verbal argument with another clubber.

"He started throwing ice at me and I asked him to stop... then he came up to me and tried to start a fight," Sarah said.

Although Sarah is only new to Gladstone's clubbing scene, she said she had an idea of what to expect.

"There are always going to be people who are looking for trouble," Sarah said.

"I'm usually the deso (designated driver) when I go out so I'm not drinking all the time."

When asked whether street-violence was fuelled by FIFO or local workers, Sarah said it was hard to tell.

"There are a lot more men in town. The other night I struck up a conversation with (a FIFO) who was (originally) from Georgia, USA and he was fine," Sarah said.

"People are quick to judge Gladstone's night-life. I think if people have a bad experience they are more likely to tell someone else about it or complain."

Sarah admits there may not be a quick fix to the problem.

"I don't think more police is going to make a difference or the clubs are to blame either," she said. "I don't think anyone will be able to stop it."

In the meantime, Sarah is just looking to have a good time.

"On a night out I hang out with my friends and keep to myself," she said.

Stacey Robinson, left and Sarah Mann aren't worried about the violence in Gladstone.
Stacey Robinson, left and Sarah Mann aren't worried about the violence in Gladstone. Christopher Chan GLA010313MAKE


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