Gayndah Police issued their first ban under Safe Night Out legislation.
Gayndah Police issued their first ban under Safe Night Out legislation. Lou O'Brien

Hotel ban’s a first under new rules

IN A crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence, Gayndah police have issued their first ban notice under recent Safe Night Out legislation.

Senior Constable Wyatt Telford said on December 27 the man was issued with an initial 10-day ban notice, which was extended to a three-month ban from all Gayndah licensed premises.

"The government is cracking down on alcohol-fuelled violence in a licensed area and the ban is to deter anti-social behaviour," Snr Const Telford said.

"It was necessary."

Golden Orange Hotel Motel manager Renee McGilvery said the Safe Night Out legislation was better in the bigger cities.

"It's a hard call to make," Ms McGilvery said.

"We can lose business for the three months from a regular patron."

Golden Orange Hotel owner Lorraine Mogg said patrons respected the venue's staff.

"We don't have problems here; we're just a small country town," she said.