New South Wales police have fined attendees of an unlawful bush party that took place last week near Lake Jindabyne.
Twelve people received fines of $1,000 for attending an organised party on Friday (July 24) which hosted between 150-200 guests. Currently, New South Wales only permits up to 20 visitors at a household at any one time, with a recommended cap at 10.
In a statement to 7News, NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Scott Whyte indicated that more fines are likely to be issued.
“There was an organised event that took place in a national park, where a DJ was present and a significant number of people,” he said.
“Obviously in operation circumstances, people leave before we get all of their details… But there were a significant number detained, and they’ll be receiving process.”
The new round of fines follows a 1,000-person bush doof in Byron Bay that was shut down by police earlier this month. While organisers were not fined, they could have faced penalties of up to $11,000 for breaches of the Public Health Act.
“Our regime is to educate to warn them, and if the behaviour continues we will consider fining people,” Byron/Tweed Police Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe said at the time.
A nightclub in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has also been investigated recently for breaching sections of the state’s respective public gathering restrictions.
Last month, Melbourne venue Love Machine was fined $10,000 for hosting a 50-person event while a 20-person capacity was in place.