Police ramp up September holiday operations on North Stradbroke Island

POLICE are set to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and liquor-related offences on North Stradbroke Island over the September school holidays.

STRADDIE: A police operation underway on North Stradbroke Island.

STRADDIE: A police operation underway on North Stradbroke Island.

In previous years the island has experienced an influx of students having pre-schoolies celebrations.

Constable Ivan Parsons from Point Lookout Police Beat said students should observe the law and be mindful of residents on the island.

“There will be zero tolerance of any anti-social behaviour and any liquor-related offences,” he said.

Police would also deal with noise complaints and out of control parties.

Constable Parsons warned infringement notices would be issued for anyone aged 17 years or younger in possession of alcohol and anyone 18 years and older consuming alcohol in a non-designated area.

A letter issued by police stated the guardian or organiser of a private party attended by more than 12 people could face up to three years in prison and fines of up to $18,000 if at least three offences occur or are likely to occur.

The organiser may also be required to pay costs incurred for police to attend, including the use of a police helicopter.

“Noise complain attendance by police at private premises can incur a 96-hour noise abatement direction to the primary occupier,” the notice stated.

“Contravention of this direction may result in up to $4400 in fines.”

The letter stated parents needed to stay at the same accommodation as their children to provide proper supervision.

“In years past, parents have booked accommodation for their children and either not attended North Stradbroke Island or resided at a different address.

“Real estates and resorts have policies in place forbidding this.”

Constable Parsons said extra police stationed on the island would be supported by personnel from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation and Redland City Council.

He encouraged residents to contact the police to make complaints about noise or anti-social behaviour.

Policelink, 131 444

Dunwich police station, 3409 6020

Point Lookout police beat, 3409 8627

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