Tomorrow night is Skyfire. If you haven’t already had your fill of fireworks this week you should probably check it out.
At a press event today ACT Policing spoke of their commitment to ensuring that the night’s celebrations are safe and free of inebriated teenagers. A large force of uniformed and undercover officers will be present at the event and anyone found drinking underage will be detained and locked in a cage to act as entertainment for the rest of the attendees. They urge parents of teenagers attending the event to talk to their children and explain the risks involved with drinking. Risks like being locked in a cage while drunk 18 year old point and laugh at them.
“Last year the event was only marred by bad weather with no reports of violence, and we recorded a 60 per cent decrease in the number of teenagers taken into custody for underage drinking,” Superintendent Wilson said.
“Of concern was the number of teenagers that recorded an alcohol content reading of more than 0.2, with one 16-year-old boy recording 0.315”.
A ‘youth reception area’ will be set up in the Skyfire precinct. Underage drinkers will be taken into custody and lodged at the reception area, followed by an attempt to either locate or contact their parents/guardians in the first instance.
“Police will be on the lookout for underage teenagers who are thinking of ‘preloading’ prior to the event or drinking in the vicinity of the lake precinct,” Superintendent Wilson said.
There was also some discussion on how fantastic their new anti-underage drinking video was, I kept my mouth shut.
In the original release it sounded like the Police might be breath testing any and all attendees, but they have confirmed that they will be only testing drivers, and the responsible adults accompanying L-Plate drivers.
So for those of you who can legally get tanked at Skyfire, I suggest you investigate ACTION Buses additional services tomorrow night.
Additional services will depart from the Belconnen, City and Woden bus stations and The
Marketplace in Gungahlin to Regatta Point for the event. Between 4 pm and 7.30 pm services
will depart every 30 minutes from Gungahlin and Belconnen (Platform 1), every 10 minutes
from the City (Platform 1) and every 20 minutes from Woden (Platform 10). Regular fares will
At the Tuggeranong Bus Station (Platform 8), the regular Route 900 will depart every 15
minutes to the Belconnen Community Bus Station via the City and Woden bus stations.
Party-goers are encouraged to use park and ride facilities. A number of park and ride facilities
are available in Belconnen, Woden, Tuggeranong and Mitchell. Visit www.transport.act.gov.au
for a list of all the park and ride locations.
Courtesy of FM104.7, a free return shuttle service will operate at the completion of the
fireworks display. The shuttle will service the Belconnen, City, Woden and Tuggeranong bus
stations, as well as The Marketplace in Gungahlin, between 9 pm and 10.30 pm.
Have a great night everyone.