The number of assaults in licensed clubs on the far north coast has fallen 21 per cent over the past decade, according to ClubsNSW, a result they attribute to a ‘zero tolerance approach to misbehaviour’ within the industry.
New statistics from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) show there were 22 assaults in local registered clubs last year, down from a peak of 54 assaults in 2004.
ClubsNSW executive manager Anne Fitzgerald yesterday met with local clubs at Mullumbimby Ex-Services Bowling Club to discuss measures they have introduced to reduce incident rates.
‘Clubs pride themselves on being family-friendly venues, as well as a home to local community groups and charity meetings,’ she said.
‘The decision to invest in high-profile security has certainly helped local clubs weed out the troublemakers. I’m also impressed by the tough penalties clubs have been issuing to anyone who has misbehaved at their local club.
‘Once a few hoons have had their membership torn up and been issued 12-month suspensions, word quickly spreads that clubs are no place to indulge in drunken misbehaviour.
‘Local clubs have also invested in safety measures such as enhanced lighting, better parking facilities and responsible service of alcohol training for bar staff, which has helped to significantly reduce the number of incidents.
‘Some of the credit for the fall in incidents must also go to local police who have worked closely with clubs to develop measures that target those who think it’s okay to play up at their local club. Clubs feel confident contacting the police, knowing their concern will be taken seriously and also as a priority.’