Observer/Zinc headlines Sept 5
BOOZY bogans beware!
That is the message to anyone choosing to go out on the town, get themselves a skinful and then run amok, wreak havoc and make a general nuisance of themselves.
Put in simplest terms: it's not going to be tolerated.
Rebecca Danslow's story on Page 7 today is a great example of key stakeholders in this issue banding together to deal with a problem and find an effective and workable solution.
This is how it should be.
Not just in the context of late-night violence and drunken mischief either.
This co-operative effort just goes to show what can be achieved when a group of people works together toward a common outcome.
The plain fact of the matter is that this is only one of the many issues now being grappled with in the Gladstone region.
So, just imagine the kind of outcomes that could be reached with the same level of co-ordination across the board.
What started as an understanding that something needed to be done, has resulted in a collaboration between local hotels and clubs, the police and other local authorities.
From a civic point of view, patrons and the community at large can feel a little safer in the knowledge there is a better chance of their property and premises being looked after and not as likely to be subject to risk and damage.
From the perspective of the patrons, there is a greater sense of security and personal safety.
And as messy as a good night out can get, those same patrons can still feel safe from ridiculous (and dangerous) behaviour.
In all, this is an effort many in our community should observe closely and take lessons from.
It is community co-operation at work - in the most effective sense.
And there is no barrier to it working in other areas. We just need the people to make it happen.