“Do not attend the event if you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol as management of the concert will refuse you entry.”
That's the message to concert goers from Geraldton's Senior Sergeant Brad Bird.
“We are taking a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol,” he said.
There will be a large contingent of police from the district, specialist units and support units as well as sniffer dogs and mounted police. There will also be other covert resources to identify people that are under the influence of any illicit substances.
As well as a massive police presence, there will also be security guards and rangers conducting patrols of the venue surrounding areas.
Visitors that are staying at tent cities are also reminded that alcohol is not permitted. Police will patrol and those caught drinking alcohol at these locations may be fined and removed.
Everything Geraldton has had multiple people contact us asking about whether they'll be able to drink beforehand, thinking that "alcohol free event" just means the bar isn't open. But the message from event organisers and police is clear that anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol won't be allowed in.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn reiterated the messages from police saying he hoped everyone would enjoy themselves.
“This event will showcase Geraldton to the rest of Australia and I urge everyone to abide by the no drugs and alcohol rule,” he said.
The all ages, drug and alcohol free event presented by triple j will take place at Wonthella Oval this weekend, Saturday 9 April. Click here for more information.