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Mayor says Facebook party was 'extremely isolated event'

THE Fraser Coast mayor has thrown his full support behind proposed legislation that would see parents and teens fined for hosting out-of-control parties.

On the back of the wild party that spilled onto the streets of Hervey Bay at the weekend, Cr Gerard O'Connell said he did not want to see the "absolute minority" ruining the region's sense of community.

Police have confirmed the party was advertised on Facebook and attended by at least 150 teenagers.

"This is an extremely isolated event for the Fraser Coast," Cr O'Connell said.

"But it only takes one out-of-control party where people are terrorised in their own home for people to lose their sense of security."

Kawungan residents said hundreds of drunken teens were forced onto the street when the party on Mackay Dr was closed down at 10pm on Friday.

"They were fighting, breaking bottles, urinating in our yards, ripping out trees and drinking," Keri McInenery said.

"They fought and abused the police - nothing seemed to deter them."

Cr O'Connell said the council would, in any way it could, support the State Government's new legislation, which could see minors fined up to $7370 for hosting out-of-control Facebook parties.

Under the laws, if the child could not pay the fine, the parents could be forced to foot the bill.

Topics:  facebook, fraser coast regional council, gerard o'connell, hervey bay, hervey bay police, mayor, party



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