A 1.8m fence erected around Broome Visitor Centre to stop nearby itinerant people on drinking binges from abusing and threatening workers and tourists is already stamping out the deep-rooted problem. The $70,000 structure, which was completed this week, was built around the CBD facility because grog-fuelled antisocial behaviour on the adjoining Male Oval had become so prevalent staff were having to lock themselves inside hours after closing over fears for their safety. BVC president David Galwey spoke out about the intensifying issues workers were facing each day earlier this year, which included the centre’s deck being covered by vomit, urine, faeces, empty alcohol bottles and cans, smashed glass, filthy clothing, ripped-up tourist pamphlets, cigarettes, drug pouches, and empty food cartons each morning. He said one night workers could not leave until dark when a group were trying to stab each other with sticks right near the entrance. Sexual acts, death threats, human waste being hurled at rangers, street drinking, drug consumption and deals, verbal abuse, and altercations are among the worst of the acts that have been reported near the otherwise welcoming tourism hub. The issue primarily involves itinerant people from nearby dry communities who come to Broome to purchase takeaway alcohol without having a safe place to stay. They are among those the State Government and local council are hoping to target with a pending banned drinkers’ register and liquor limit roll-out across the Kimberley. WA Police and Shire of Broome rangers recently teamed up to prevent further antisocial behaviour in the CBD area, declaring in a joint statement earlier this year they were at their wits’ end. Shire president Harold Tracey said the new fence, as well as a temporary structure that was in place around the complex during construction, was already fulfilling its role of deterring the itinerant people from the centre. “There’s no doubt the barrier stops people from misbehaving — it’s such a shame it came to this, though,” he said. “Our rangers and police are already noticing the impact it is having — it keeps the staff out of the coalface of the behaviours of this group of people, which is what it was there for. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — it’s disappointing we have to put a fence up in the middle of our CBD to protect staff from itinerant behaviour, but that is what the issue had come to.” Cr Tracey said it was not a “stop-gap” solution to the alcohol-fuelled violence problem that had been facing Broome for years, and was part of a wider strategy to tackle complex issues in town. Kimberley District Supt Greg Crofts said he was pleased the fence was seemingly achieving what it had been built for. “It has been a deterrent already,” he said. “With complex issues like this, you need quick wins along the way, and this has been a quick win. “Having this around the visitor centre is certainly not what we thought we would ever have to do, but the issues are relentless and we had tried every tactic to address them. “This is also a strong message that we are targeting the abuse of takeaway alcohol and the anti-social behaviour and violence that comes with it. “I am disappointed there is a big fence like this in the middle of the CBD — but I 100 per cent support it.” Supt Crofts said issues at Male Oval would remain a top priority for police. “We are more than happy for anyone to enjoy the space, but certainly not if they are full of alcohol, attacking or intimidating others in their group, at the visitor centre and in the public,” he said. The new heavy-duty barrier was constructed by local contractor LHM Fabrication and Fencing. It completely prevents any unauthorised access, and will be locked each night. Shire councillors unanimously agreed to fund and build the structure at an ordinary meeting in August, just days after visitor centre workers locked themselves inside and faeces were thrown at a ranger on the oval.