Drunken violence a community problem, not just a FIFO issue
NEWS that a man was "glassed" at a hotel on Goondoon St over the weekend is extremely disturbing, but not that surprising.
Compared with the big cities, Gladstone does not have a huge problem with drunken violence.
It is still easy to keep out of trouble while enjoying Gladstone's nightlife.
Having said that, there is a minority of people who consider a punch-up part of a fun night out.
A senior police officer recently told the CBD Community Safety Group that a few years ago there were just over 100 assaults reported in Gladstone for the year.
This year the figure is on target to go over 300.
We need to stop thinking of this as a FIFO problem, or an industry problem. It is community-wide.
Plenty of born and bred locals are causing trouble too.
Even if most of us are not being threatened, it is downright unpleasant to be in that kind of environment.
So, if you are reading this, and you enjoy a drink in our CBD, please ask yourself if it really is that hard to walk away from a fight.