Trentham co-operates to curb antisocial behaviour

LICENSED venues in the Trentham district will work together with Victoria Police to curb antisocial behaviour.  

The Trentham Liquor Accord will allow operators at eight venues across the district to ban patrons who commit a serious, antisocial, unacceptable or violent act within or near participating venues. 

Trentham police Leading Senior Constable Matt Deel said similar liquor accords had proven successful in regional towns such as Bacchus Marsh and Ararat, and he hoped it would have the same results in Trentham.    

"Trentham is a growing community," he said. 

"It is not the regional, farming town it used to be.

"The accord is not in response to a rise in crime but instead about keeping ahead of the game."

Leading Senior Constable Deel said venue operators could ban patrons if there was reason to believe their behaviour was unacceptable. 

Once the ban is in place, all licensed premises participating in the liquor accord are required to actively enforce the ban as part of the commitment to the accord. 

Mr Deel said participating venues were supportive of the liquor accord. 

Trentham Football Netball Club president Troy Adams said the liquor accord was a positive move for the district. 

"We see it as a good move for the community and the area to have an accord between the licensed venues," he said. 

"We like to promote a family-friendly atmosphere and have been working hard to promote a really strong culture of inclusion."

Mr Adams said the objective of the accord was already covered in the club's code of conduct and was aimed at getting the message across to the broader community. 

"We don't think it is something that needs to be in place," he said. 

"It is an additional thing, a set of standards that everyone knows is there."

Leading Senior Constable Deel said the accord was in operation and antisocial behaviour would not be accepted. 

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