Premier says alcohol fuelled violence a state-wide issue

REGIONAL Queensland towns have earned a vow from Premier Campbell Newman that his "best laws in the country" to deal with alcohol-powered violence will not focus solely on the south-east.

At a sit-down meeting with fitness icon Lisa Curry at a Sunshine Coast cafe, the Premier said drunken violence was an issue across the state and would be treated as such.

Revellers fuelled by a cocktail of steroids, booze and other drugs have long been painted as a scourge in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

Regional mayors are welcoming the Premier's word to look at problems beyond the state's capital.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said the culture of boozy assaults would not change overnight but "something is better than nothing".

"Even one young person hurt because of alcohol fuelled violence is too many and so I welcome any support and initiatives from other levels of government," she said.

Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell said while his two major towns of Hervey Bay and Marlborough - with a combined population of less than 80,000 - were "relatively free" from these drunken incidents, he supported the Premier's crackdown.

"Fortunately it's not a large problem in terms of the Fraser Coast," Mr O'Connell said.

"Local police tell me we are relatively free from this current epidemic.

"It's the last thing any community, whether a capital city, coastal holiday area or regional area wants to deal with is alcohol-fuelled violence.

"There is no place for it in modern society".

Mr Newman met with Ms Curry after she made online demands for action following an attack on a family friend.

In their discussion, Ms Curry suggested national consistency in the laws and mandatory punishments for drunk offenders.

"These people have to be made accountable," she said.

"We can't cop it anymore."

The Premier said the government's response would be guided by feedback from Queenslanders from across the state.

"I want other Queenslanders to get into this debate, be part of the debate - mums, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunties and uncles and of course younger people," he said.

"They have got to have their voices heard as well."