Police reveal new details of Sunday's street brawl
UPDATE 10.30am Monday:
POLICE are asking for any witnesses of the brawl overnight Saturday to come forward if they could help police with the investigation.
The fight erupted about 1.30am Sunday as a result of an argument that started within the boardroom nightclub.
Gladstone detective senior sergeant Luke Peachey said police understood one group had been evicted from the night club because of the argument and waited outside for the others to leave.
He highlighted the seriousness of the fight with one man being transported to Brisbane with a suspected fractured skull.
BLOOD shed. Multiple facial fractures. A forensic police investigation.
That pretty well sums up how Saturday night in Gladstone ended for a group of men.
So far five people have been charged over a brawl that erupted on the streets outside The Boardroom Bar in the early hours of Sunday morning. Fifteen men are believed to have been involved.
The owner of the venue, Rick Adams, also the president of the Safe Night Gladstone CBD committee, wants harsher treatment of the "thugs" whose violent behaviour is negatively impacting the whole community.
It's not a failing of any legislation, he says, but a "social problem" that the State Government's proposed 'lockout laws' won't come close to resolving.
"People need to be held accountable for their actions and that's just not happening at the moment."
But The Boardroom Bar owner Rick Adam says the legislation that has been proposed isn't enough to solve the problem.
"Why do we need legislation that punishes the 85% of people who do the right thing when they go out, instead of punishing the minority ruining it for everyone else?
"It's a social fabric issue," Mr Adams said. "It's about personal accountability and these people need to be made responsible for their actions."
Yesterday morning police were busy collecting evidence from the blood stains left behind on the road by the "brawl" that broke out at 1.45am.
The five men charged were between the ages of 19 and 45. Of the two men hospitalised, one was taken to Brisbane with suspected fractures to his jaw, chin and nose.
Mr Adams didn't fault the actions of his staff or police, but, as is standard process, The Boardroom Bar will now carry out an internal investigation, as will the police.
That's time and resources, Mr Adams explained, that both groups should have spent elsewhere.
Mr Adams also said punishment for those involved in fighting should be tougher and perpetrators should be locked out of licenced venues.
But that's exactly the type of penalty courts have been dishing out.
However neither had a conviction recorded and making sure the two men don't enter any licenced venue will be difficult as there is no coordinated system in Gladstone that records the ban against their names.
ID scanners are rolling out in licensed venues across Queensland, including clubs in Gladstone with liquor licences allowing them to stay open after 3am.
Mr Adams would like to see the ID scanner system developed further and bans extended across the whole state so that perpetrators won't just be locked out of Gladstone clubs, they will be locked out of clubs across Queensland.
"Imagine a 20-year-old that can't go out anywhere in the state for three months while their friends are having birthdays and parties," Mr Adams said.
"I think that would start to influence their decision-making.
"People need to be made accountable for their actions and that's not the case at the moment."