Visitors people were banned from South Bank queensland

More than 500 people were banned from South Bank in 2016-17. Courtesy: Brisbane Times

There were 501 people were banned from South Bank last financial year for being a nuisance, including 132 children.

But with about 11 million people visiting the popular dining and tourist precinct in 2016-17, most visitors were well behaved.

Under the South Bank Corporation Act, security officers have the power to issue exclusion notices for up to 10 days in South Bank.

Exclusion directions can be given for disorderly conduct, drunkenness, creating a disturbance, fighting, underage drinking, graffiti, using obscene or offensive language and “generally disturbing other people’s peaceful enjoyment” of the precinct.

South Bank bans were down on the previous year when there were 706 dished out, including 173 given to children.

The decrease in bans comes despite an increase in visitors, as about 10 million people went to South Bank in 2015-16.

A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said people were excluded from the South Bank Parklands as a last resort when they were exhibiting anti-social behaviour that impacted on the experience of other visitors.

 

“South Bank’s security team will always seek to defuse anti-social behaviour before it starts impacting the experience of other visitors,” she said.

“South Bank security also works closely with police to ensure the parklands are safe and welcoming for all visitors.”

The maximum fine for contravening an exclusion notice is 10 penalty units, which is $1261.50.

The figures were revealed in the latest South Bank Corporation annual report.

South Bank Parklands, famous for its artificial beach, celebrated its 25th birthday earlier this month.

The council spokeswoman said South Bank continued to be Brisbane’s most popular tourist destination.

“The number of annual visitors to South Bank has grown with the number of international and Australian tourists coming to our New World City,” she said.

Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/hundreds-of-people-banned-from-south-bank-last-year-20171013-p4ywgn.html