Up to 12 police cars responded to the calls of Power Street residents as raised the alarm on an “unbearable” house party in their street.
Up to 12 police cars responded to the calls of Power Street residents as raised the alarm on an “unbearable” house party in their street. Max Fleet

Wild party hosts face hefty fines or jail time

A CRACKDOWN on out-of control parties with legislation could see party hosts hit with a $12,000 fine or 12 months' jail.

The move comes as a party in Powers St, West Bundaberg turned neighbourhood nuisance on Friday night with more than 10 arrests and an 18-year-old woman requiring medical attention after being hit with what was believed to be a bottle.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said he had "had enough".

"Police and the community are sick of wild out of control parties putting people at risk and damaging property," he said.

Bundaberg Police officer in charge Mick Ward said the party - which required more than 10 police units to attend - depleted vital emergency services.

"While all these police resources were tied up, other police calls could not be attended to," he said.

Mr Dempsey said this was why legislation was being drafted to crack down on those who hold "out of control" parties and events.

"This government is going hit the party hosts in the hip pocket or put them behind bars to give them a little time to think about their actions," he said.

He said some of the penalties under the legislation would include:

  •  A $12,100 fine or 12 months' jail for hosting an uncontrollable party.
  •  An $18,150 fine or three years in jail where the organiser had no lawful authority to hold the event.
  • A $60,500 fine for companies who rented out a premises for the purposes of holding a party which was likely to become uncontrollable.

But despite five neighbours confirming the party residence, when the NewsMail doorknocked the private rental, the tenant denied there had been any party.

"It wasn't this house and if you put photos in of this house, I will put in a massive complaint," she said.

One of the other residents in the street, who did not wish to be named, said she was "eagerly awaiting" the new crackdown on parties.

"It was unbearable and it's been going on and on," said.

She said she called the police three times on Friday night, locking her doors and staying with her family, fearful for their safety. She said she peered out the windows and watched partygoers "hurling abuse" at police.



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