As an Alfredton resident, I find myself in the frustrating position of attempting to find a venue in Ballarat for my daughter's 18th birthday party.
I understand to a degree why there is a reluctance to hire venues out for such events.
However, I have difficulty accepting a blank "No" from local sporting club venues, who rely on funds etc. provided by ratepayers.
Are these venues exclusively for football, cricket and netball playing residents over the age of 20?
I believe with adequate adult supervision, professional security personnel, responsible limits on alcohol consumption, and a strict policy on "invited guests only", a wonderful, event-free celebration is possible.
The great majority of youth and young adults in our community are responsible people. Assuming they are all reckless individuals on a path towards drunken destruction is totally unreasonable.