Push to target drunken violence calls for perception change

A GROUP set up to help prevent drunken violence on the Sunshine Coast says the community needs to change its perception of what a good night out means.

The Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management Mooloolaba Chair Marcus Shimbel said the tough new Safe Night Out legislation was welcome, but changing attitudes was key to stamping out anti-social behaviour.

"All the legislation in the world will only go so far if the community doesn't buy in and help police their own backyards," he said.

The Mooloolaba Bowls Club manager said more needed to be done to educate the younger generation about going out in a group and helping each other.

"You see a group of kids will come in and then they all disperse and leave whoever struggles to suffer through it on their own," he said.

But Mr Shimbel said younger generations were not the only trouble-causers on the streets.

"There are certainly 40 and 50 year olds causing just as much problems as some of the kids," he said.

The CALM program is designed to bring together police, the community, local council, and licensed operators in a bid to prevent alcohol-related violence and crime, rather than deal with its consequences.


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