So crazy it just might work.

Refreshingly, Cr Amanda Duncan Strelec has weighed in to the issue of late night violence on Dean Street with one of the more sensible suggestions I have heard on the debate.

She has suggested a voluntary, across the board one or two am lock out be adopted by licenced venues and a reduction in trading hours ” to try to discourage the binge-drinking culture that’s developing in Australia”.

While I’d balk at the suggestion the move would “eradicate” loutish behaviour, I think it’s fairly obvious that the community would see a  decrease in late night violence sufficiently significant to make the move worthwhile.

Cr Duncan Strelec also said reduced trading hours would benefit police, freeing up more resources for beat patrols that could end at 2am or 3am rather than all night.

The problems as I see them with regard to this proposal are;

1. The voluntary nature of the proposal, as it stands there really is no obligation on the part of liquor licencees to come on board.

2. As we’ve seen in Melbourne, licencing lock-outs only seem to be effective when they are uniformly maintained. Exemptions make the system unworkable.

However,  NSW legislation changes on July 1 will see new powers granted to the Director of Liquor and Gaming.

The laws will allow lock-outs and curfews to be imposed on individual licensees, as well as on whole local areas, without drawn-out court proceedings.

This may well be the leverage that is needed to ensure that liquor licencees in Albury adhere to a voluntary system, if they don’t adhere to a voluntary 2am lock-out for instance, they can be slugged with a mandatory 1am lock out. 

Hopefully in the very near future, peaceful pub-ers and clubbers can look forward to evenings less marred by violence, police can look forward to not having to deal with quite so much loutish behaviour, courts can look forward to dealing with fewer nuisance offences, parents can look forward to feeling safer about their young adult children going out for a night on the town and buisiness owners can look forward to fewer incidents of vandalism on their premesis.
Sure the club owners might have to settle for a Maserati instead of a Lamborghini, but I think overall it’s a positive step for the community.




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Hi I'm Jack Stone (a pseudonym), I'm a long-time Albury resident and I think it's a great place to live and work. I have a strong interest in local events and media and I started this site because I think a different perspective is often needed when reporting local news. I take a keen interest in local politics, as well as what's going on at the state and federal level, I'm also a supporter of social justice issues, the envirionment and the need for people to have a say in the events that effect their lives. I'm a fan of the Border Bandits and I'd love to see both teams take the flag this year, and next year, and maybe the one after that too.
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2 Responses to So crazy it just might work.

  1. raydixon says:

    At least she’s shifted the focus back to the real problem – alcohol.

    Geezus, do you reckon any of this lot will be re-elected? They really are a circus.

  2. Oh we haven’t even discussed my two favourite councillors yet.
    The trouble of course with local elections is that people vote for someone ANYONE they know, because most of the candidates are low key, people tend to decide “better the devil you know”.

    I think Cr Duncan Strelec was right out of line on the issue of Fromholz park, but she seems to be on the right track here.
    I know there’s some candidates coming from “Dean Street buisinesses” (I presume a metaphor for publicans trying to hijack council).

    If that bid is sucessful we can look forward to Albury becoming “Las Vegas on the Murray” before the next change of local government.

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