Setting the scene at the beach party venue.
Setting the scene at the beach party venue. Sharyn Oneill

Minority spoil the party

AN estimated 15,000 attended the Great Australia Day Beach Party in Yeppoon last Thursday and most had a terrific time.

But for some the day was spoilt by the drunken behaviour of a minority.

A number of correspondents to The Morning Bulletin complained.

Danielle Vujovich, of Todd Ave, Yeppoon, said her day out was ruined by what she described as atrocious behaviour by swarms of drunken revellers.

She said she was shocked by a constant barrage of foul language from boozed-up young men and women as families gathered to celebrate the national day.

"I can't help but feel that these people weren't really celebrating anything more than a day off and an opportunity to get ridiculously drunk," Danielle said.

"It is easy to say that you are proud to be an Australian, yet revellers' behaviour failed to suggest or infer any such pride. Parading down the street, drunk, shoving past people and swearing like a sailor does not make you a proud Aussie; it makes you an idiot."

But event co-ordinator Cr Bill Ludwig was delighted with the party which drew one of its biggest crowds.

"The day was absolutely fantastic and everything went pretty well to plan as we had hoped," he said.

"The committee always puts in a huge effort to bring this event together and were understandably thrilled with both the crowd turnout and the smooth running activities on the day."

He singled out the SES and council staff for their assistance and praised the business, corporate and media sponsors who had made it possible.



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