Taking the fizz out of the jazz

A ROCKHAMPTON mum was left singing the blues this week after she claimed organisers unfairly clamped down on her taking soft drinks and water into Saturday night's jazz festival.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was shocked when security guards demanded to go through her belongings at the entry gate to the Big River Jazz Festival at the Ski Gardens.

Having paid $19 for her ticket, she said she felt she had every right to take non-alcoholic drinks in, but said she was told to either take all her drinks back to her car or surrender them at the gate.

She said guards even asked if the liquid in her baby's bottle was actually water.

“We weren't carrying any alcohol and we were very happy to support the businesses selling alcohol on the night.”

Denham Whitham, general manager of Rockhampton Tourist and Business Information said everything was done to comply with the Liquor Licensing regulations.

He said they did everything to ensure anyone with relevant medical conditions was catered for.

“If they let us know they had medical conditions, we allowed containers in,” he said.

“It was our duty of care to ensure there were no issues, but I wasn't aware of this particular case.”

Late yesterday an Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation spokesman said attendees were not permitted to bring liquor products in, but there were no conditions relating to non-alcoholic beverages.

The spokesman said banning non-alcohol beverages was at an event organiser's discretion.



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