Operation Parasol proves valuable shield to our city
THE initiative, known as Operation Parasol, which has targeted unruly behaviour in Gladstone's CBD is one that our community should be proud of and thankful for.
The operation, a partnership between the police, industry and members of the community is a unique one, and it's proved to be a great success.
Parasol has seen industry and other groups pitch in $145,000 for extra police to be rostered on Friday and Saturday nights to maintain order.
A recent addition to the operation has been the chaplaincy program which kicked off eight weeks ago, where volunteers give up their time to hand out bottles of water and generally look after people who have had too much to drink.
That program, plus the extra police presence, has seen a significant reduction in the volume of incidents and people living in the vicinity have been able to have less disruptive sleeps.
We now must ensure the operation continues with community support, which will make Gladstone a safer place in which to live.