Gold Coast police ready for Australia Day 2014

ALL AVAILABLE Gold Coast Police resources will be deployed across the Australia Day long weekend to ensure the 2014 festivities are not ruined by incidents of public disorder and alcohol related violence.

The Helicopter Support Unit, Public Safety Response Team, Mounted Unit, Water Police, Gold Coast Road Policing Group, Logan and State Crime Command will be out in force, ensuring a high-visibility police presence is broadly maintained across the Gold Coast District.

Police are encouraging the public to drink and act responsibly.


Officers will be targeting the consumption of liquor in unlicensed public places and unruly behaviour across the Gold Coast in foreshore parks, roads and adjoining areas; including bus stops and car parks.

All public parks, foreshore areas including Wave Break Island and The Spit are unlicensed public places and the consumption of liquor in these areas is prohibited. Anyone caught consuming liquor in such an area will face an on-the-spot fine starting at $110.

Gold Coast District Officer, Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said that intelligence-based proactive patrols will focus on ensuring public safety and amenity.

“Police will diligently implement pre-planned early intervention strategies that will assist in reducing the amount of incidents of anti-social behaviour over the Australia Day long weekend,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.

“On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. We should reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.

“It is also a day for families to come together and enjoy the Gold Coast. It should be enjoyed by everyone in a safe and responsible manner. Australia Day is not about drinking in public places and acting in a violent or antisocial manner and this behaviour will not be tolerated.

“There will be extra overt and covert patrols right across the long weekend with police taking a no tolerance approach to people breaking the law and acting in an unacceptable manner.

“The policing response will also be enhanced by the police helicopter which will enable police to identify areas of concern and to quickly deploy police to those areas thus ensuring the likelihood of public disorder is minimised”.

The Gold Coast policing operation will cover all public areas where people gather and will include a ready response mobile task force that can be deployed wherever needed.

In previous years, the pressure point has been The Spit where traffic was at gridlock and overcrowding created significant public safety concerns for police.

Police are this year warning patrons intending to spend the day at The Spit this year that access will be limited once the car parking at The Spit reaches capacity and traffic will then be redirected.

“Gold Coast Police will also be implementing high visibility and early intervention strategies such as random breath testing in The Spit area. The focus will be on ensuring alcohol is not taken in to public areas where adverse intoxication will ruin the day for families,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.

“Police have the power to seize any alcohol found in possession of persons that they reasonably suspect are going to consume within a public area, this needs to be clearly understood when attending to festivities on the day.

“There is a likelihood of significant traffic delays in and around Southport and Surfers Paradise over the whole long weekend so motorists are advised to avoid these areas if possible.”

Anyone living or working in and around Main Beach can expect significant traffic delays and should leave early on the day or make alternative travel arrangements.

“The police helicopter will be able to provide updated information on traffic conditions and this information will be fed through the QPS Facebook page and media outlets to keep residents and visitors informed,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.