Member for Keppel Bruce Young
Member for Keppel Bruce Young Allan Reinikka

New laws to slap out-of-control party organisers - Keppel MP

MEMBER for Keppel Bruce Young wants to see the legislation against out-of-control parties passed at the earliest possible time after party-goers caused havoc on the coast at the weekend.

Asked what he thought of the Yeppoon Party on Adelaide Park Rd on Friday night which resulted in five men being charged and an ambulance officer assaulted, he said it was "disappointing".

"It's a shame that the law hasn't been brought in sooner," Mr Young said yesterday.

"It's out of character for Yeppoon, but we hope that this legislation sends a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Introduced to state parliament in September last year Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the new legislation would ensure those who wasted police time and resources by organising parties that were not properly supervised and become out-of-control faced the consequences.

If passed, penalties would include: A person who organises a party that becomes an out-of-control event faces a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment or 110 penalty units ($12,100); if a minor is found guilty of organising an out-of-control party and cannot pay the costs of the police response, the court will be able to call on a parent to show cause why they should not be made to pay if the court considers that the parent may have contributed to the offence by not adequately supervising the minor.

Mr Young said he hopes to see this legislation passed at the next parliament sitting.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon said: "There have been no further arrests made however I can say that we have identified further persons of interest and the CIB of Rockhampton and Yeppoon are currently conducting investigations to locate those people."

"I anticipate there will be (more) charges laid.

"Incidents of this type are absolutely disgraceful and we will follow that up relentlessly and pursue those people that were involved.

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