We’re taking a stand against alcohol-related violence, writes
Premier Campbell Newman, and your thoughts are encouraged.

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

Have you got something to say about issues affecting Brisbane? email me at premier@bmag.com.au

Every Queenslander deserves to go out and enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

That is why I recently released Australia’s most comprehensive package of reforms to stamp out alcohol and drug related violence, restore responsible behaviour and ensure Queensland’s nightlife is safe for all.

The Government’s draft ‘Safe Night Out Strategy’ consists of a range of initiatives including alcohol and drug education in schools, community awareness campaigns and tougher penalties for anti-social behaviour.

As part of the strategy, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane CBD and Caxton Street will have their own designated Safe Night Out precinct which will include high visibility policing, mandatory ID scanners at venues that trade after midnight and rest and recovery areas.

Our message is clear: we need to change the culture of binge drinking and violence in our nightspots.

Most Queenslanders drink responsibility. This is about targeting troublemakers and making them accountable for their actions. These reforms are now available for your comment and I encourage all Queenslanders over the next two weeks to have their say via www.qld.gov.au/safenightout.

Keep safe this Easter

With Easter just around the corner, I urge everyone to stay safe and enjoy the long weekend, wherever you are.

Road safety is very important to my government, and our recent Join the Drive to Save Lives campaign saw improved behaviour and a reduced road toll.

It’s important, though, that we don’t take this for granted and all do our part to keep safe in 2014.

Whether you’re planning a big trip over the weekend or staying closer to home, please remember to drive safely on the roads. We want everyone to get to their destination in one piece.

Get in touch! Email me at premier@bmag.com.au