United in success

Senior Constable Bernie Rowan, Sovereign Arms venue manager Steph Orso and Dusk Nightclub venue manager Aaron Dalziell are part of the Joondalup hotels accord. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d406198
Senior Constable Bernie Rowan, Sovereign Arms venue manager Steph Orso and Dusk Nightclub venue manager Aaron Dalziell are part of the Joondalup hotels accord. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d406198

The Sovereign Arms and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City owner Lend Lease engaged local police a year ago with a proposal to reignite the Joondalup accord.

The accord provides a forum for licensed establishments, police, council and community stakeholders in the Joondalup region.

Sovereign manager Steph Orso said results had exceeded expectations.

‘Improvements to the communication between security across all licensed venues, Lakeside and the public transport services has seen response times to unacceptable behaviour dwindle and our ability as a region to prevent access to known problem persons improve,’ she said.

‘Equally, ejected patrons from any licensed premises are prevented from entering alternate premises in the local district with this system.’

The Sovereign had also introduced identity technology to help keep patrons accountable for their behaviour.

‘The national database also helps us identify and reject persons who have knowingly been refused entry or ejected for reasons of antisocial behaviour around networked venues.’

She said the commitment from accord members, including the local hospital, had been outstanding.

‘We have certainly noticed a resurrection in family and mature patrons seeking a good night out in Joondalup,’ she said.

‘With Joondalup set to grow over the next few years with the redevelopment and expansion of the Lakeside, we are no doubt going to continue to grow in popularity, as are those venues around us.’