POLICE will take a “low-tolerance” approach to anti-social behaviour in the streets after dark at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this weekend.
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Warrnambool police Inspector Kevin Archer said the message was that when the sun went down there would be no free entertainment in town.

He said Victoria Police, the organisers of this year’s festival and Moyne Shire Council were working together to ensure the popular seaside event was safe and enjoyable for everybody.

More than 15,000 people are expected to converge on the town during the long weekend.

“Victoria Police, in conjunction with Moyne Shire Council and the folk festival committee, are adopting a low-tolerance approach to underage drinking and anti-social behaviour during the annual festival,” Inspector Archer said.

He said that in previous years the festival had attracted a large crowd of young people who did not have tickets to the marquee events and instead congregated in the town and engaged in anti-social behaviour.

“Underage drinking has been a problem in previous years as many parents dropped their children off, leaving them unsupervised for the weekend.

“A number of successful strategies have been introduced to address alcohol consumption and anti-social behaviour, including fencing the festival off from non-ticketholders and having no night entertainment in the streets.”

Inspector Archer said the folk festival was a nationally-recognised event and put Port Fairy on the map at this time each year.

Festival committee president Bruce Leishman said his committee strongly supported the police and Moyne Shire’s endeavours to curb underage drinking.

“Together we have made great inroads into making our festival enjoyable for everyone and creating a pleasant family atmosphere,” Mr Leishman said.

“We are bringing a lot of great music to the south-west and do not want a small group of irresponsible adults and young people ruining the event for the majority of the fun-loving public that appreciate the music, craft and food stalls.”

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