Late last week a newspaper dropped a front page going ham on a particular club in Sydney with some outrageous claims of the place being a melting pot of violence and drugs. Of course the stats on call outs by police and ambulances were cherry picked, and to anyone over the age of 50 aka the type still reading newspapers and not really hitting the town so much, you’d be understandably be angry.
For the record the venue see’s 800,000+ punters over the year and the pulled numbers of ‘drug incidents’ and ‘assaults’ represent between 0.004 and 0.005 of their total clientele but sure, this is some cartel shit right here.
All the fury was predictable and without surprise didn’t touch on the well represented amount of violence across the pond at The Star/Marquee, which see’s favourable exemptions from the state government including 24 hour booze and smoking inside for VIP gamblers.
Another interesting fact is the timing with the redevelopment of the Cockle Bay Wharf being tabled that’ll see demolition of existing spaces and building of a 235m high tower coincidently the exact same wharf where the club resides.
The reality is and point of this piece was to show that venues are going above and beyond when it comes to not only nurturing music, an industry that draws in $1.8 billion annually in NSW and $1.4 Billion in Victoria, but more importantly also keeping people safe!
There are certainly more than five important things clubs as well as festivals are doing to protect punters, but these are the ones that have become everyday and should be noted for those thinking that clubbing in this day and age is anywhere near dangerous.
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Both bar tenders and security working in any venue serving booze MUST have a responsible service of alcohol certificate that deems the individual to have a strong understanding of the practices working with alcohol, and also being aware of intoxicated punters and how to handle situations.
While this has been a long-standing process the fines have incrementally been rising with those breaking the law facing slugs on the wallet anywhere from $550 to $1,100 per infraction with venues also copping fines up to $5,000 on-top of that.
At the end of the day you’d be silly not to have hired responsible and certified employees in your venue.
CCTV Security Cameras
Again, any venue or club you walk into is going to have security cameras in most every room, this is to help security find vulnerable or troublesome people and sort the issue quickly. It also creates a paper trail for any incidents that occur and can help internal teams or police figure out what happened when.
You’ve seen them out the front, in the bathrooms and walking the joint but security are an essential part of venues who’s sole purpose is to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary and resolve any issues if they arise. Sure there might be some unhelpful ones out there but for every one of those there are 10 more who are respectful and courteous no matter what state you’re in.
Zero Drug Policy
It’s becoming more frequent now but you’ll likely notice signs in venues and clubs stating that they have a zero drug policy (duh). This is usually accompanied by additional messaging stating that police will be called and if you’ve been caught that’s exactly who’ll you will be chatting to at the end of the night.
Somehow this is lost on media outlets and government bodies who believe venues and clubs are actively promoting the use of illicit drugs somehow ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
ID scanners were just introduced into QLD despite evidence saying fights occur in slow moving lines but to us it’s a pro-active measure being used in Melbourne and Sydney to make sure individuals are accountable and in the event of a problem on-site, the venue can figure out who was at fault.
This one is certainly being utilised in the aforementioned club, and has been for 10 years plus as a measure to make sure people are safe regardless of the extremity of the problem. From a small cut to something more serious, it means the venue can quickly help people out.
Again, there are plenty more measures in place that venues and clubs are paying for out of their own pocket to keep people safe but these stand out to us as the most important and something that even the harshest critics can look at and understand the logic and sense behind.
Is there anything else your local is doing to make sure they are promoting safe and fun nightlifes?