Stay safe on Australia Day

POLICE are encouraging the public to celebrate safely this Australia Day, particularly with the expectation of more wet weather across much of the state.

Police will be targeting the consumption of liquor in public places and unruly behaviour in public spaces, foreshore parks, roads and adjoining areas; including bus stops and car parks.

The Queensland Police Service works closely with licensed premises to promote the responsible service of alcohol year round, and will again be focusing on early intervention to remove those individuals whose intoxication interferes with the many family and community groups enjoying Australia Day.

Across the state the safety and enjoyment of public spaces will be the priority with extra overt and covert patrols throughout the day and night.

There will be a number of high visibility, early intervention policing strategies in place, including comprehensive operations planned for highly populated areas including specialist officers from the dog squad, the mounted police, the Public Safety Response Team and plain clothes officers patrolling public spaces, parks, foreshores and licensed premises.

Police will lower the threshold of tolerance in terms of people breaking the law and acting in an unacceptable manner.

Police remind members of the public that drinking in a public unlicensed place is illegal and anyone caught may face on-the-spot fines starting at $110.

Deputy Commissioner Regional Operations Brett Pointing warned motorists to modify their driving to suit the wet road conditions.

"We have experienced very heavy rainfall throughout Queensland, with flooding and road closures in many areas. Charters Towers will host the annual Goldfield Ashes amateur cricket carnival where, like many parts of the north, crowds are expected to swell and we remind motorists that there may be heavier traffic than normal on back roads as other motorists and heavy vehicles seek alternative routes due to flooding.

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility. Motorists are reminded to stay alert, slow down and drive to suit the current road conditions. Do not cross flooded waters," he said.

Tips for a safe Australia Day:

  • If you are drinking, don't let your level of intoxication make you a perpetrator or a victim of crime.
  • Stay safe and watch your mates, if you find yourself in a threatening situation - walk away. Remember one punch can kill.
  • Make appropriate transport plans, don't drink and drive and risk your family and friends lives.


  • Drive to the appropriate road conditions.
  • If you find yourself in a threatening situation or see a crime in progress call triple zero.
  • If you observe suspicious behaviour report it to police through Policelink on 131 444.
  • If you have information that would assist in solving a crime call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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