Coffs Coast still a drink-driving hotspot.
Coffs Coast still a drink-driving hotspot.

Pub patrons now acting responsibly

PUBLICANS and the Coffs Harbour Liquor Accord say they’re doing all they can to curb alcohol-related crime and now it’s up to the public to keep the peace on Australia Day.

And official figures released by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming prove licensees are indeed doing their bit.

In NSW, the State average number of assaults in licensed premises per 100,000 people, is 102. In the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area, it’s 69.

In isolation, that is a significant result but in the context of having among the worst records in the State for alcohol-related incidents outside of pubs and clubs, it’s even more salient and a big improvement on years past.

“If you look at the alcohol related crime figures and assaults in licensed premises from 12 to 18 months ago, the Coffs Clarence area faired pretty poorly, but the most recent figures have shown an improved result,” Coffs Liquor Accord promotions manager Simon Chladil said.

“Licensees and publicans are going all out to great extremes to try and make people realise we are not going to cop this sort of thing happening in our premises, and there’s some proof that the public is starting to comply with the push towards more responsible drinking.”

In light of binge drinking and violence on the Coffs Creek foreshores last year, local hotels, pubs and clubs have been placed under the microscope this summer and in particular, in the countdown to next Tuesday.

Overall, there were 223 weekend assaults reported in the 143 licensed premises on the Coffs Coast.

Most of the incidents are believed to have occurred in the 24 local venues with allowances to trade late at night.

AT A GLANCE

Assaults in licensed premises: Coffs Harbour 45 incidents or a rate of 69.

Below NSW rate of assaults at 102

Weekend Alcohol Related Assaults: 233 assaults or a rate of 344.

Above state average of 311.

Drink Driving: Coffs Harbour 376 incidents or a rate of 579.

Well above NSW rate of 396.

Risk of Drinking Behaviour

North Coast NSW:

Males 49.1 % 37.2 %

Females 27.5% 27.0 %

Overall 26.9% 25.2%

Rates given per population of 100,000 people.



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