Cheers to a safer night on the town in Coffs

COFFS HARBOUR, give yourself a big pat on the back!

Assaults in pubs and clubs in the Coffs/Clarence local area command plummeted 30 per cent between June and December last year, compared to the same period the year before.

This impressive figure was released yesterday by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing as part of the six-monthly report card on the Coffs Harbour Alcohol Response Taskforce.

"This taskforce has made local licensed venues and surrounding areas safer by reducing alcohol-related violence, and I congratulate the Coffs Harbour community on this success," Liquor and Gaming director Albert Gardner said.

"In particular, I would like to recognise licensees who have adopted a range of new measures."

Mr Gardner said Liquor and Gaming's relationship with police and engagement with licensees had helped achieve the results.

"But we're not going to take our foot off the pedal," he said.

"We'd like to get even better results by the end of the 12-month taskforce."

A 67 per cent drop in alcohol-related assaults at the Plantation Hotel followed the introduction of responsible service of alcohol marshals, a voluntary midnight curfew, a voluntary ban on shots after midnight, a voluntary ban on high-alcohol beverages after midnight, high-visibility security patrols, devices to detect fake IDs, and patron management barriers.

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