ACTION MEN: Gatton Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham and Royal Hotel manager Marco La Schiazza.
ACTION MEN: Gatton Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham and Royal Hotel manager Marco La Schiazza. Amy Lyne

Behaving badly earns ban

PEOPLE who behave poorly at licensed venues in the Lockyer Valley will have the Liquor Industry Action Group to answer to.

Since forming in 2008, the LIAG has banned 120 people from going within 20 metres of Lockyer Valley licensed venues after they failed to comply with their code of conduct.

Unduly intoxicated, loud, unruly and aggressive people are not tolerated under the code, as well as those purchasing alcohol for an underage person or consuming illegal substances.

These 120 people faced a three-month ban; three demonstrated poor behaviour for a second time, earning a 12-month ban, and two have been issued a lifetime ban.

Gatton Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham said any person on a ban could come before the LIAG committee and discuss the incident to lift the ban, including different strategies they could use to not get intoxicated.

Those on a lifetime ban must provide proof of anger management if they hope to lift their ban.

"We are providing licensees with the facility to control inappropriate behaviour," Snr Sgt Missingham said.

Lockyer Valley LIAG meets monthly to discuss incidents, legislation changes and updates of issues within their licensed venues.

Snr Sgt Missingham said, since the group was formed, there had been a very noticeable drop in assaults on licensed premises.

"It frees up police and has an impact on the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Health in relation to injuries," he said.

Marco La Schiazza from the Royal Hotel Gatton said there was a huge difference in the behaviour of patrons once they came back from a ban.

"Patrons have time to reflect on their behaviour," he said.

"Nine times out of ten they change."

He said it was beneficial getting together with all of the other publicans and working with the police.

About 30 licensed venues exist in the Lockyer Valley.

Principal stakeholders in the Lockyer Valley LIAG are the liquor industry and licensing, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Gatton and Laidley Police, Queensland Health and security.


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