Perth glassing could dash hopes for mining career

The glassing of a man in Perth may have left him unable to fulfil his dreams of a mining career.

The West Australian reports that 24-year-old Jack Wauhop had a glass bottle slammed into his face at the Exit Nightclub just before midnight on Sunday, after stepping in to protect his female cousin from a group of four men.

The young mining hopeful suffered a fractured eyes socket and damaged retina in the attack and was taken to Perth Hospital to undergo surgery.

Police are examining CCTV footage from the club and appealing for witnesses of the attack to come forward.

A 29-year-old Perth man was interviewed and released without charge.

South West Superintendent Lawrence Panaia told The West Australian glassing incidents and alcohol fuelled violence is a concern in the city.

"It’s part of our liquor accord that all of our licensed premises are moving away from glassware, going to plasticware, and Exit nightclub now has fingerprint scanning for entry, so that’s helped us," he said.

Many mine workers on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) contracts are based in Perth and fly into mine sites to work.

There has been much debate about violence in mining communities and some argue the work type created more drunken violence and antisocial behaviour when workers are on their weeks off in capital cities.

Others say the perception of FIFO work and the behaviour it allegedly creates is unjustified.
Gervase Greene told Australian Mining FIFO work is “prone to a stereotype.”

“Are we suggesting the mining industry has issues regular communities don’t?

“Young men are probably prone to those issues, regardless of their employment; sometimes they make money and spend it on the wrong things.”

“A lot of FIFO workers aren’t even men, they’re women, and many FIFO’s are young people trying to save for a house and get ahead.”

Image: The West Australian

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