Liquor & Gaming NSW has teamed up with the NSW Police Force, Australian Hotels Association and Kings Cross Liquor Accord to launch the internationally recognised ‘Ask for Angela’ venue safety campaign in Kings Cross.
Liquor & Gaming NSW executive director Natasha Mann said the initiative encourages patrons to ask venue staff for help if they are getting unwanted attention or feel their safety is at risk.
“By asking for Angela, a patron can subtly alert staff who can intervene by calling police, organising safe transport home or referring the patron to support services,” Ms Mann said.
“Since the campaign originated in the UK in 2017, over 20 liquor accords across NSW have taken it up, with the neighbouring City of Sydney accord launching it last year.
“Having the ‘Ask for Angela’ posters and other advertising displayed prominently in a venue can help deter unwanted behaviour and increase awareness that venue staff are available to help.”
Kings Cross Police Area Commander, Supt Paul Carrett, said the idea is part of a suite of options available to someone who might meet a stranger for a drink in a licensed premise.
“It could be a blind date arranged online, or a so-called ‘hook-up’ with someone you’ve just met at a bar,” Supt Carrett said. “As part of the program, licensed businesses in the Kings Cross area will be trained, through a police-approved program, to identify and respond to a person using the phrase.”
Director of Liquor and Policing at Australian Hotels Association, John Green, said Kings Cross and CBD venues are constantly looking at ways to keep their patrons safe.
“We want people going out to feel safe in licensed premises and know venue staff have got their back. This safety campaign is simply an extension of what licensees do all the time - look after their patrons,” Mr Green said.
Kings Cross Liquor Accord coordinator Doug Grand said Ask for Angela is a continuation of the collaborative safety measures being undertaken by key stakeholders in the precinct.
“The accord is expecting up to 50 venues to participate in the training, and member venues understand the importance of patrons knowing they can receive timely assistance and be safe in our venues,” Mr Grand said.
Pictured: Paul Carrett, Doug Grand, John Green, John Duncan.
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