Campaign to curb violence sees FIFOs linked to fisticuffs
GLADSTONE Police believe a special campaign has had a positive impact on nightlife behaviour on Goondoon St.
Police also say there is a link between the number of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers and levels of violence in the CBD.
Operation Parasol, a campaign to curb street violence outside city nightspots using extra police numbers, has been relaunched for 2013.
"There is a proven link between the amount of FIFO workers in Gladstone and increased levels of violence," Gladstone Police Snr Sgt Garry Sweeney said.
"This has been particularly evident within the last two weeks when workers have returned to the township after the Christmas New Year break."
The operation involves a select group of police officers monitoring nightspots like the Reef, Bojangles and Central Lane Hotel between 11pm-5am on weekends.
It is aimed at alleviating pressures faced by police patrolling other areas of Gladstone on weekends.
"The operation has both proactive and reactive measures in place for deterring disorderly behaviour," Snr Sgt Sweeney said.
Every fortnight for the past eight months the CBD Community Safety Group; consisting of police, Gladstone Regional Council, Liquor Licensing , Liquor Accord, LNG representatives and local business owners, have been holding meetings to monitor the program.
Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers said she didn't feel there was any major concern for safety in the Gladstone community.
"We are abreast to news of situations apparent in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville and we want to be ahead of the game (when it comes to safety in the CBD)," she said.
Cr Sellers said representatives from the taxi industry, Queensland Health and local federal and state members had participated in discussions in the past.
"It is a good service for the community," she said.