Wild parties in police cross-hairs

By on February 25, 2014

POLICE have warned they will crack down on wild parties in Northeast Brisbane under new legislation passed in Queensland Parliament.

EDITOR SAYS: When I lived in Banyo a few years ago, the neighbours’ son turned 18 and they threw a party.

Loud music blared all night, young men were fighting in the front yard and one hit his head on the concrete driveway, packs of partygoers roamed the neighbourhood yelling and screeching, they attacked and destroyed footpath trees, and an elderly man in his 70s was threatened with a bashing.

Nobody is entitled to inflict that upon their neighbours.

The Out-of-Control Event legislation was developed to crack down on wild suburban parties that often lead to senseless violence and property damage, the police said in a press release.

“The Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (QLD) now gives police greater powers to deal with unruly parties and events, and the power to prosecute irresponsible party and event organisers,” it said.

Out-of-control Events involve

  • gatherings of at least 12 people
  • at least three engaging in out-of-control conduct

Out-of-control Conduct involves:

  • trespassing
  • damaging property
  • disorderly conduct
  • fighting
  • unreasonable noise
  • obstructing traffic
  • high intoxication
  • breaking bottles/glass

Parents held to account

Additionally, out-of-control conduct must cause, or be likely to cause, someone at or near the event to feel fearful of violence, to a person or property, or substantially interfere with peoples’ right to enjoy or access a public place, police said.

“Event organisers, gatecrashers and anyone involved in an out-of-control event who commits an offence faces a maximum penalty of $12,100 or one year imprisonment. If underage event organisers are involved in an out-of-control event their parents will be subject to penalties.”

The bill provides a defence for a person who has taken reasonable steps to ensure the event does not become out-of-control, or where a third party has caused the offence, police said.

About Nick Moore

Nick Moore is the editor of NorthernLife.com.au. He also edits the printed Great Wait. Nick started as a journalist in 1993 and has worked for Fairfax, News Corp and APN.

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