Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

NSW Government to require licensing of music festivals after drug deaths

NSW Government to require licensing of music festivals after drug deaths
January 20, 2019

Following a series of drug deaths and overdoses, the NSW Government is to introduce regulations that will require music festivals to be licensed.

The move, that will see event organisers have to apply for a specific liquor licence, similar to those for pubs and clubs, follows the death of five young people of suspected drug overdoses attending music festivals in recent months.

Following this festival an expert panel was convened to advise the government on how to keep people safe at music festivals.

Following the deaths of 23-year-old Joseph Pham and 21-year-old Diana Nguyen after attending the Defqon.1 festival last September, an expert panel was convened to advise the NSW Government on how to keep people safe at music festivals.

Based on the recommendation from the panel, from March organisers will have to apply for a specific liquor licence for each music festival they hold which is targeted to the risks of the event.

Each application will need to be approved by a panel of experts, envisaged to include NSW Health, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and Liquor and Gaming NSW, before a licence can be issued.

In a statement, NSW Minister for Racing, Paul Toole advised “festival organisers will need to ensure their events meet high safety standards.”

The regime will put the onus on organisers to assess and proactively manage safety risks.

Minister Toole added “events with a poor track record and heightened risk will face greater oversight from authorities.”

While the licensing plans are yet to be finalised, interim measures are already in place including ‘chill-out zones’ staffed with doctors, nurses and paramedics to help festivalgoers who feel unwell.

Organisers will also be required to provide free water stations to ensure people are properly hydrated.

The new scheme will come into force from 1st March with more details to be announced.

There have been growing calls for the New South Wales and Victorian premiers Gladys Berejiklian and Daniel Andrews to allow pill testing at music festivals.

On Friday, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians joined the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as well as the former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Palmer in calling for pill testing to be allowed at festivals.

Related Articles

18th January 2019 - Leading medical body calls for pill testing trials at Australian festivals

11th December 2018 - NSW Government to apply tough new licence conditions to dance music festival organiser

19th September 2018 - NSW Premier announces panel to look into drug issues at music festivals

16th September 2018 - NSW Premier vows to ban Sydney music festival after drug deaths

27th March 2018 - Recommendation for festival pill testing to help emergency services treat overdose victims

11th December 2017 - ‘Insufficient evidence’ to prosecute Falls Festival organiser over crowd crush

2nd January 2017 - Falls Festival organisers defend safety record

2nd October 2016 - More than 100 drug arrests at Sydney Listen Out festival

17th August 2016 - Eventbrite research shows Australians love festivals

4th January 2016 - NSW Premier Baird threatens to shut down festivals over drug use

3rd January 2016 - WA Health issues drug and alcohol warning to summer festival fans

6th December 2015 - Another festival death at Adelaide Stereosonic music event

29th November 2015 - Woman dies at Sydney Stereosonic music festival as 70 face drug charges


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

LINKS MODULAR SOLUTIONS

Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business