Operation Parasol in action on a Saturday night.
Operation Parasol in action on a Saturday night. Christopher Chan GLA170213PARA

Liquor licensing makes covert visits to local night spots

THREE covert liquor licensing visits were paid to nightspots in the Gladstone entertainment precinct in the past 12 months.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation visited three venues in Goondoon St in response to a string of noise and unruly behaviour complaints made by locals.

This comes as Gladstone police ramp up the self-funded Operation Parasol in a bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in the city centre.

OLGR did not reveal the number of complaints it had received, but said three people had lodged complaints about three city venues in the past year.

Two of the complainants were said to have contacted the office on a number of occasions.

An office representative said most of the 22 visits to licensed premises in Gladstone's CBD were conducted after hours.

"The time of a visit depends on a number of factors, including the nature of any complaints," the representative said.

"Two officers generally attend premises for an inspection. One completes the inspection with the manager on duty and the second officer monitors the responsible service of alcohol."

OLGR said covert liquor licensing operations were just one strategy used to address alcohol-related violence in the area.

Joint operations with Gladstone police, a trial of a voluntary 2am venue lockout and increasing the frequency of Gladstone Liquor Accord meetings were some other solutions to the problem.



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