The number of assaults in Hunter clubs has dropped more than 37 per cent since a peak in 2004.

Statistics from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show assaults in registered clubs in the Newcastle and Hunter area had decreased from 165 in 2004 to 103 last year.

The Hunter’s results are shy of the statewide fall of 44 per cent since 2004.

ClubsNSW chairman Peter Newell will meet with local club officials today at Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club to discuss the successful zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour.

“By taking a tough, zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour, the message has been well and truly heard by those who previously thought it was acceptable to play up at their local club,” Mr Newell said.

He said the decision to invest in high-profile security has certainly helped clubs weed out the troublemakers.

“I’m also impressed by the tough penalties clubs have been issuing to anyone who has misbehaved at their local club.

“Once a few hoons have had their membership torn up and issued 12 month suspensions, word quickly spreads that clubs are no place to indulge in drunken misbehaviour.

“Local clubs have also invested in safety measures such as enhanced lighting, better parking facilities and responsible service of alcohol training for bar staff which has helped to significantly reduce the number of incidents.”

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