Top policeman suggests more lights at Memorial Square

A leading policeman suggests more lighting might make Memorial quare safer at night.

A LEADING police officer says more lights at Colac’s Memorial Square and moving Colac’s taxi rank could improve community safety at night.

Surf Coast police service manager Bruce Kitchen made the recommendations in response to a Geelong Liquor Licensing Unit operation in Colac.

Inspector Kitchen said “a few issues came out of the night” and that those issues would form the basis of further inspections.

“The Geelong liquor licensing unit came down and had a bit of a look at the licensed premises in Colac just to get an idea of how things work,” Inspector Kitchen said.

“They identified a few minor licensing incidents and one male received an on-the-spot fine for having an open container in a public place,” he said.

“There are a number of issues around the amenities to the area that we’ll be looking at long term.”

Inspector Kitchen said he intended to discuss issues with lighting at Memorial Square and the location of Colac’s taxi rank with Colac Otway Shire Council.

“The lighting in the main park, it’s a pretty dingy-looking area and a lot of the youth hang around there,” he said.

“One of the other issues – a lot of people were walking around and there were no taxis.”

Inspector Kitchen said he would recommend putting a taxi rank closer to the Austral Hotel, rather than at Memorial Square.

He said the overall aim of the liquor licensing unit’s inspections was to “improve the safety of community and ensure licensed promises and the patrons are behaving correctly”.

“A lot of members of the public were unaware of some of the fines that people could receive from intoxication,” he said.

“As a result of that we’re going to work on a media strategy.”

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