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Safer nights out in Mackay Boost

By Tammy Laval

The Palaszczuk Government will deliver almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars in funding for Safe Night Precinct services in Mackay as part of the 2018-19 State Budget.

Whilst visiting the Mackay Safe Night Precinct today (19 June), Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke announced Mackay Street Chaplaincy would receive $230,000 in funding to continue this vital service.

“Every Queenslander has the right to enjoy a safe night out in their community without the threat of violence, which is why we’ve committed $3.3 million in funding for Safe Night Precincts in 15 Queensland communities,” Mrs. O’Rourke said.

“The funding will ensure Outreach Programs across the state can continue to add another degree of protection to Queenslanders who are out and about on the town in pubs, clubs and on the streets.”

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the safe night precinct was assisting locals to stay safe with services on hand when help was needed.

“Since the service began in July 2016, our Mackay Safe Night Precinct has already helped thousands of people with initial intervention with more than 4900 people assisted by Assertive outreach and Rest and Recovery services,” Mrs. Gilbert said.

President of Mackay Street Chaplaincy, Niki Vella-Power said she had seen firsthand how Safe Night Precinct services is reducing violent and anti-social behaviour in the Mackay CBD.

“We are noticing a greater sense of safety, the streets are calmer and people have come to know us and come up to us more readily,” she said.

“This funding will enable us to be a lot more professional, both individually and in our outlook as an organisation.

“In being able to pay our volunteers, we now expect and operate at a higher standard than before.”

Safe Night Precinct services form a key component of the Palaszczuk Government’s Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence Program.

Mrs. O’Rourke said the program had made significant progress in reducing the level of alcohol-fuelled violence in Queensland.

“Already we’re seeing more positive behaviour and reduction in alcohol-fuelled violence in and around licensed premises here in Mackay’s Safe Night nightclub precinct,” she said.

“This continuation of funding will ensure Mackay people can continue to enjoy a night out and stay safe.”

Safe Night Precincts are located in:

To find out more about Safe Night Precincts in Queensland visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/hospitality-tourism-sport/liquor-gaming/liquor/safe-night-precincts

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