Safety of patrons is priority

FIFTEEN hotels from across Ipswich took part in the Safer Venues Program last week as part of a patron safety initiative.

Ipswich Liquor Industry Action Group president Mark Hennelly said participating venues undertook a survey to determine how well they complied with a pre-determined set of standards which contributed to patron safety.

“The safety survey assesses the responsible service of alcohol, fire safety, workplace health and safety, tobacco legislation and security,” Mr Hennelly said.

“Safer Venues is a great opportunity for both the government and local liquor industry to work together proactively to make our community safer for everyone.”

Safer Venues project officer Rachael Curtis praised the 15 venues for their participation and said they would benefit from the survey feedback.

“The audit tools are continually updated in accordance with legislative changes affecting the liquor industry,” Mrs Curtis said.

Following the safety survey process, an awards ceremony in August will publicly recognise and reward the proactive contributions made by Ipswich's licensed venues to patron and community safety.

There are three awards categories including licensed club or restaurant, inner-city late night trading and hotels or taverns.

Venues will be eligible to receive a gold, silver or bronze award in their respective categories, which they can display in their facilities.

“The safer the licensed venue, the more inviting it could be to patrons, so promoting your venue as a safer one makes good business sense,” Mrs Curtis said.

The collaborative project was between Queensland Health, Queensland Police Service, Ipswich City Council Safe City Program, Liquor Licensing, Ipswich Liquor Industry Action Group and the Department of Emergency Services.

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