Mixed feelings about 1am lockout in Gladstone

TO lock out at 1am, or not to lock out?

When The Observer took to the streets to ask people what they thought about an earlier lockout time for pub and club patrons in Gladstone, the answers depended on who we spoke to.

The hard-out party-goers who can stay out all night are dead keen to retain the current 3am pub restrictions.

But there are just as many who believe it would make a huge difference to solving law and order issues if the lockout was brought forward a couple of hours.

Labor will push ahead with its plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence, first mooted in January last year, which will see a 1am lockout introduced into pubs and clubs, no shots after midnight and a 3am closing time.

Repeat offenders will find themselves banned from entertainment precincts across the state.

Here are some of the responses from Gladstone:

Arlene Pepper: I think it's a good thing. I think it should even be 12am.

Adam Priestly: It might curb the fighting if people aren't as drunk.

Hayley McHugh: I love Boeys (MiePlace), so I can't imagine it being any different to what it is now.

Carly Kirk: It's ridiculous. People are going to go out on the streets causing trouble.

Amanda Gibbs: I think that's a good idea. It gets drunks off the streets.

Amy Mole: I don't go out very often, but I don't think 1am lockouts would be a good idea.

Jake Timmo: Whe I go out, I go hard - 3am is when I like to change it up, so that's ruined that idea.

Rob Senic: That's the stupidest thing ever.

Tahleen Schurmann: So many people in my generation just sit around drinking. This could make them go home earlier.

Allison Connor: We need local stats to be made public on why they are doing it.

Sarah Cross: I don't think it would be a good idea because it would mean more people would be out on the street.

Kelly Gray: People are going to work at 3am. They don't need the risk or stress of hitting drunk people.

Simone Peirce: They're going to come out drunk at the same time, so at least they're in a licensed premises than on the street.