Date PostedApril 24, 2013

Sydney Nightlife Update

The police’s crackdown on alcohol fuelled violence across Sydney during Operation Unite has resulted in the arrest of a staggering 300 people in one night.

It is shocking to think that a night on the town is an occasion where people are risking their lives by just being there.

The violence has gotten to epic proportions and masses of police officers are required each weekend to keep revellers under control. Several people were injured in an incident in Darlinghurst near Kings Cross recently.

St Vincent’s hospital is right smack in the middle of the violence and has also expressed their concern for the strain alcohol revellers are putting on medical facilities and staff.

This video from Seven News is a startling reminder of dire state of the situation:

As waitrons, bartenders, bouncers, bar mangers and other licenced venue staff we play an important role in minimising alcohol fuelled violence and other anti-social behaviour in entertainment districts not just for the future of our jobs and venues that employ us, but for the future of our communities in general.

It is our civil as well as legal responsibility to assist the police by not serving alcohol excessively to any one person or serving unduly intoxicated patrons. Enforcing responsible service of alcohol laws isnot just a matter of choice but a mandatory requirement.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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