Think about the risks of your party in the bush

Police have recently been responding to a large numbers of youth attending organised events in the forestry areas of Beerwah/Landsborough Police division.

Police would like to remind both party goers, their parents and particularly party organisers that these events are not legal. The organisers and attendees are committing a number of offences under Nature Conservation Regulation and/or the Forestry Act and Forestry Regulations. Offences include conducting an unauthorised event, conducting unauthorised activity for commercial gain, unauthorised use of generators, causing disturbance with amplifier and leaving rubbish. On the spot fines range from $250 to $1800 for the various offences and could exceed $20,000 if prosecuted.

The events themselves pose serious risk to those attending as the access to the areas they are held in is often impassable to vehicle traffic, meaning that an ambulance might not be able to gain access in the event of an emergency, possibly leading to serious consequences.

While the attitude of many may be that they are out in the forest and not harming anyone, the reality is that they are both damaging the natural environment and putting themselves at risk of both physical and sexual assault, due to the isolated nature of the events.

Intoxicated people walking along narrow unlit roads in the area, with a high number of vehicles, a significant number being driven by inexperienced drivers only adds to the general level of risk involved.

We cannot make it any clearer that the individuals attending these events are both breaking the law and putting themselves at risk of physical harm and when an incident does occur the organisers may be found to be responsible.

Police will continue enforcement actions against illegal parties and unauthorised actions to maintain a safe environment and encourage those who hold parties to do so responsibility in their own homes or other authorised areas. Police also encourage registering under the QPS Party Safe program to ensure local police are aware of the event and can provide appropriate response if required.

Further information can be found on the HQPlantations website.

Police encourage the public to continue reporting any suspicious activity, or offenders, in and around the plantation and forestry areas to Policelink on 131 444 or online here, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. In an emergency call Triple Zero (000).

Source: Queensland Emergency Services Media

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