Police had to halt a party in Maryborough on Saturday after more than 500 youths turned up. The event was advertised on Facebook.
Police had to halt a party in Maryborough on Saturday after more than 500 youths turned up. The event was advertised on Facebook. Contributed

Out of control party shut down

AN 18TH BIRTHDAY party broadcast on Facebook was shut down in the early hours of Sunday when up to 500 youths flocked to the event, causing residents to bombard police with noise complaints.

The Black and White Party, held at a Gayndah Rd home, was touted as the one of the hottest parties of the year, with a live DJ, fire pit, jelly shots and “maybe a stripper”.

A $10 entry price didn’t bother too many revellers, with hundreds cramming into the backyard from 8pm to party.

Sergeant George Pope, one of the police officers on duty in Maryborough on Saturday night, said complaints started coming in about 9pm.

He said officers issued the hosts with a noise abatement direction but by 10pm music was still pumping loud and clear. They then ordered that the music was to be turned off at midnight and that the crowd of up to 500 people was out by 2pm.

“Facebook party invitations are madness,” he said.

“I spoke to some people from Brisbane and Rockhampton who didn’t know anyone at the party but went anyway because it was supposed to be one of the biggest parties of the year.

“They had nowhere to go afterwards.”

While most party-goers were “fairly orderly” while leaving, one 17-year-old P-plater was intercepted on her way home with a blood alcohol content of .150%.

Sgt Pope said there were also complaints that party-goers kicked in fences and mailboxes along Alice St as they walked home. But that wasn’t the last of it.

After shepherding hundreds of young people away from the Gayndah Rd residence, police received another complaint.

“We went back and could hear the music again,” Sgt Pope said. “The DJ had packed up but a small group of men had turned on the house stereo, full-blast, at 3 in the morning.

“We seized the amplifier but one of the fellas was arrested for obstructing police and failing to state his name or address.”

Sgt Pope said the party was one of the biggest he had been called to this year and said locals should be wary of making party invitations public on Facebook.

“They’ve a risk of having complete strangers come into their home with no respect for any of their property or any control,” he said.

He noted, however, that the hosts didn’t seem concerned about the number of people they had let in – and that was clear by the way it was promoted on Facebook.

One of the hosts of the party wrote: “This isn’t just (female friend’s) party, if you are one of my good friends and you do not attend without a valid reason, consider yourself no friend of mine as this will not only be my birthday part but also my going away party.”



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