- ACT Policing is urging parents and guardians to check on the safety and whereabouts of their children during the Skyfire fireworks tomorrow night (Saturday, March 21) to avoid the necessity for police intervention.
Last year’s Skyfire event over Lake Burley Griffin was attended by an estimated 130,000 people. Police detained 55 juveniles for intoxication and/or underage drinking. These minors were held in dedicated youth detention areas and their parents contacted.
A further four people were lodged in the Regional Watch House for being intoxicated and disorderly, three were arrested for breaches of the peace, and two others for other substantive offences.
Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer Mick Calatzis said that the same measures would again be in place for this year’s event and while he remained confident that the majority of Skyfire patrons would be well-behaved, police would not tolerate inappropriate or disorderly behaviour.
“There will be a visible police presence with foot patrols on both sides of the lake and mobile vehicle patrols in the surrounding areas,” he said.
Road closures will be in place from noon tomorrow (Saturday) south of the lake along Parkes Place East and Parkes Place West. Regatta Point, including the car park area, will be closed to the public from 4pm.
“We would encourage people planning to attend to make arrangements to leave early because there will be large volumes of traffic. Police would also remind motorists that random breath-testing will be conducted so we would urge those who will be driving to and from the event, not to drink and drive,” a/DCPO Calatzis said.