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May 12, 2021

Police ‘disappointed’ by 1,000+ partygoers at Wilsons Creek

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Police were reminding buskers last week in Byron Bay that Byron Shire Council has extended the suspension of Busking permits in the Byron Bay CBD until July 31, owing to the possibility of attracting large crowds, in breach of the current restrictions.

Little did they know the weekend they had coming up with at least two large parties in the area causing concerns about the possibility of a COVIC-19 breakout in the shire.

Last week police warned several people busking in Byron Bay that they may be committing an offence by busking and then found themselves responding to numerous calls about large house parties including parties of 200+ at Byron Bay and 1000+ at Wilsons Creek.

Because of the numbers involved, police were forced to close down the parties and advise people to return to their homes.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe, of the Tweed/Byron Police, said the situation was very disappointing. ‘You can still have a good, smaller party, but certainly don’t go to the extremes that we’ve seen in the last few days.

A police media release was sent out to remind the public that the existing Health Minister’s COVID-19 restrictions limit visitors to the home to 20 people. Substantial fines may be issued if offences are detected.

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  1. WOW… police were “disappointed” at the 1000+ doof in Wilson’s Creek, the 200+ party in Byron? No fines issued? At least name and shame the organisers so we can pelt them with rotting fruit! Bring back the stocks in the village square?
    Aw shucks, just kids who wanna have fun? Come on! The owners of the property should have been given the prescribed jail time and or at least the fine! Surely there’s someone well heeled from the dope selling pushing these doofs? They can afford the $11,000 fine but at least it would send a message this will not be tolerated.
    They illegally trash wildlife areas in the bush, the beaches…yet seem to proliferate without consequences.
    No one has lived through a plague so its understandable that party people are desperate to “spread their joy” but now is not the time. Stamp out this murderous behavior.

  2. I agree, Trude, I’m gobsmacked! With what is going on in Victoria – which has shown how quickly you can go from a squashed curve to almost out of control – it seems unbelievable that these occurrences get away with a slap on the wrist. How many at the doof were visiting Melbournians or had previously mixed with visiting Melbournians who have more than a slight chance of bringing the virus with them? Same goes for the parties.

    It is this stupid irresponsible behaviour that will likely force many newly opened up businesses In Melbourne to the wall and thousands back to Centrelink. There are already two dead and 8 in IC since the spike. These are not trivial matters and as a community we should expect better standards of compliance and protection from those in charge.

  3. These young people are our future? Privileged upbringing by parents that can’t say no and now support these self indulged @#$s with no future accept mommy and daddy’s money. They don’t care for normal or contributing to there community.
    They care for drugs and self, while pretending to be all nice and loving people.

  4. I am no fan of doofs, They are a damaging excess on many levels But to call Covid 19 a plague, That is way over the top, that is fear mongering at its zenith. Victoria has 50 people in the hospital with the covid, and only 3 in icu. Look at the reality not the hype. That said, a Plague may not be such a bad thing for old mother earth. All the problems we have would be drastically reduced with a large population reduction. Which sadly, is probably in the cards.

  5. mark king, i would have thought that downplaying the seriousness of the threat of COVID 19 had really been consigned to the past, to the early days before the bleeding obvious could be gleaned from the international scene by anyone who cares to read a newspaper or watch the telly. It’s a response now largely confined to the deluded likes of Trump and Bolsonaro whose countries are living a nightmare of daily infection surges and deaths.

    Have you really taken a good look at the Victorian situation with a thinking cap on? It has taken just a month to go from one or two cases to a series of consecutive daily increases above 100 with a peak on Monday of 191. From the health department website 08/07, 860 cases are currently active in Victoria and 41 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 7 in intensive care.

    With that rate of increase there was little alternative but to put Melbourne into another lockdown and close the Victorian/NSW border. If that sounds like ‘fear mongering at its zenith’ consider that at some time around Nov last year there existed patient zero now worldwide – despite radical measures in place – nearly 12 million have been infected with 544,163 deaths. And they are likely extremely conservative statistics. For many countries the situation has moved well beyond the containment that may just be within Victoria’s grasp. And if Victoria gets totally out of hand the prospects for the whole nation look grim.

    It’s all very fine for a laid-back, spaced-out, conspiracy-obsessed community like this, large sections of which have never taken social distancing seriously, to be blasé about the economic and psychological impacts now experienced by Melbourne including 3000 locked in their apartments in public housing.

    No sars-cov-2 is not Yersinia pestis (or the bubonic plague) but we use the term more generally to include ‘an epidemic disease that causes high mortality’. Given its infectiousness and propensity for exponential replication, together with the potential long-term infirmity of survivors, it certainly fits the bill. Do us all a favour, face the reality of the situation however unpalatable and tell all your friends.

  6. My reply was already long (as usual!) but there is another factor that should give everyone in Australia a reason to take the threat seriously. Until now, most of Australia’s infection numbers have come from overseas and thanks to mandatory supervised quarantine, it has been much easier to pinpoint and control potentially spread. Victoria is now no longer taking international returnees and the alarming new numbers being announced are from out there in the community. A totally different ball game and a stark reminder that seeing ourselves as the lucky country doesn’t mean ‘she’ll be right’.

  7. Not just young people. What an ignorant comment. You were “the future” at one stage, and look where that’s gotten you. A bitter, assuming boomer who places blame on everyone but their own generation. YOUR generation raised this one. Think you have some of your own growing up to do.


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