Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

NSW Premier Baird threatens to shut down festivals over drug use

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

NSW Premier Mike Baird has threatened to shut down music festivals which don’t improve their safety standards after an “unexpected level” of drug-related festival deaths.

The NSW Premier put music festival organisers 'on notice' to improve their record in discouraging drug use after a 23-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a critical condition after allegedly taking MDMA at Sydney’s New Year’s Day festival Field Day.

This followed fatal drug overdoses at Stereosonic events in Sydney and Adelaide in late November and early December.

With a large number of arrests for drug offences at New Year's Day music festivals around Australia, 184 festivalgoers were charged for drug possession and supply at the Field Day event

In addition, 212 people received medical treatment from Paramedics at the 28,000-strong event and five attendees had to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

Premier Baird told News Corp Australia that he will call on “relevant ministers” to bring in more drug screening at festival entrances, and to also review the system which issues permits for such events, stating “individuals need to take responsibility for their actions, but so do the organisers of these festivals.”

Premier Baird says music festivals which don’t comply with new requirements introduced by the Government would be shut down, commenting “if new rules and procedures place additional burdens and costs on organisers, so be it - and we will also examine denying permits to organisers who have not done the right thing in the past

“Enough is enough. This simply has to stop.”

According to the report, the NSW Premier vowed to close down festival organisers who did not comply with stricter rules.

New Year's Day festivals around Australia included three Falls Festivals in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania; Lost Paradise in NSW; Beyond The Valley in Victoria and Southbound in Western Australia.

Organisers of the Byron Bay Falls Festival, which began on New Year's Eve, said on Friday there were no reported police incidents and the number of people seeking help from paramedics was down 50%.

The almost 200 charges at Field Day comes as a number of drug experts, academics and advocates push for Australia to trade its zero tolerance approach for harm minimisation by legalising pill testing and drug checking facilities at recent festivals.

In December, 83%  of over 10,000 responses to a Music Feeds poll were in favour of Australian festivals introducing drug testing procedures for ticket-holders. Since then, drug experts have discussed what it would take for Aussie festivals to implement effective drug testing.

Stereosonic image used for illustrative purposes only.

3rd January 2015 - WA HEALTH ISSUES DRUG AND ALCOHOL WARNING TO SUMMER FESTIVAL FANS

7th December 2015 - 20 OVERDOSE AT BRISBANE STEREOSONIC FESTIVAL DESPITE EXTRA SECURITY AFTER SYDNEY AND ADELAIDE DEATHS

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

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

NOVOFIT

NovoFit is an exciting and dynamic new company born from two of Australia’s leading commercial fitness equipment suppliers. NovoFit combines over 45 years of industry expertise, delivering state…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

Also at 3 Squill Place, Arndell Park NSW 2148 ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation

 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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