Superintendent Maurice Carless supports a Safe Night Precinct on the Sunshine Coast.
Superintendent Maurice Carless supports a Safe Night Precinct on the Sunshine Coast. Nicholas Falconer

Top cop backs safety precincts

THE Sunshine Coast's top cop has thrown his support behind the State Government's push to establish a Safe Night Precinct in the region.

Premier Campbell Newman announced the government would set up 15 precincts across Queensland in an attempt to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.

The government has proposed three zones in Brisbane, two on the Gold Coast, and one each for the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns.

Boards comprising community, government and business leaders and emergency services will manage each Safe Night Precinct.

Superintendent Maurice Carless said he supported the government's attempt to address the issue and protect the community.

"I do support any initiative that reduces the behaviour and conduct that some people engage in ... they're prepared to assault other people for no apparent reason," Supt Carless said.

"We're supportive of any initiative that might reduce that."


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