Local Government Forces Shutdown Of Major Festival By Increasing Police Fee $184,000

Australia’s historical past with digital music and nightlife basically is a troubled one, and the nation authorities constantly does little or no to really assist the trigger. In the newest a protracted string fenses, the NSW Government has successfully shut down Mountain Sounds Festival with a brand new “police and security” price.

“Dear Australia, it breaks our coronary heart to say the NSW Government has properly and really crossed the road,” writes Peking Duk, a legacy act the competition. According to duo, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian elevated the ‘police and security’ price in 2019 to $200,000, a 1250% improve over final yr when it was simply $16,000. Mountain Sounds 2019 was scheduled to open in a single week. It is now ficially cancelled.

“Gladys Berejiklian says she needs festivals to proceed and to develop,” Peking Duk continues, “how precisely do they develop with a $184,000 improve in police prices? Forcing festivals to pay these prices although out 15,000 attendees final yr there have been solely 49 drug detections. 49. There had been no drug deaths, no drug violcence, nothing to justify a rise in police prices.”

Berejiklian spoke to the press Monday morning and positioned the blame on organizers.

“I don’t assume it’s truthful for organisers accountable anyone however themselves,” she stated. “There are guidelines in place. We need younger folks to have enjoyable, we would like extra tourism to the Central Coast and different locations. But the competition organisers simply must obey the legislation. It’s not nearly making a fast greenback, it’s additionally about retaining the individuals who flip up protected.

“If you possibly can’t spend cash making your occasion safer, properly that’s a call for you, but it surely’s not truthful accountable the federal government,” she added.

Mountain Sounds organizers declare they had been quoted a selected worth for police on January 18, after which they had been blindsided by this exorbitant improve.

“The Liberal social gathering’s warfare on festivals in NSW is actual and it’s robbing you your freedom and tradition,” the competition wrote in a statement. “Who would’ve recognized that lock-out legal guidelines had been just the start the demise reside leisure in NSW. This has now unfold to larger-scale and multi-day regional occasions and it’s solely getting worse.”