Southside patrons will now have access to a safer and more improved entertainment experience following today’s celebration to launch the Southern Corridor Liquor Accord in the Gordonvale area.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said it was great to see licensed venue operators come together to promote a cooperative approach to developing a safe and well managed environment in and around these premises.

“I’m pleased to see these local venues coming together with the Queensland Police Service and the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulations to crack down on alcohol fueled problems in the community,” Mr Pitt said.

“This is a great example of organisations taking a proactive approach to improve safety for not only their patrons but the wider Gordonvale community as well.

“It is a clear message to thugs that violence and misbehaviour will not be tolerated.

“I commend them on their initiative and hope to see more licensed venues join in an agreement to encourage effective communication and problem solving with key stakeholders.

“Congratulations to Brett Dawson, Chris Jarred, Dave Chalk and all involved. I also congratulate former Gordonvale acting OIC Michael McGarry for his early work and I wish new OIC Sgt Erin Shawcross the best in his new role.”

Mr Pitt said it was particularly effective for keeping troublemakers away from the precincts.

“Under the accords, if a patron commits an offence in one particular venue, he or she will not only face a ban from the venue, but all licensed venues that have signed the accord,” Mr Pitt said.

“This is another way the state government, in partnership with the liquor accords, are lifting behavioural standards to ensure patrons can enjoy a night out without being affected by antisocial behaviour.”