Councillor says Babylon Competition can set instance for different regional music occasions to observe

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Councillor says Babylon Festival can set example for other regional music events to follow


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A Northern Grampians Shire councillor is hopeful a music competition close to St Arnaud this weekend can set an instance of how like occasions can succeed safely and alter perceptions. The Babylon Competition, at Carapooee West, runs from Thursday to Sunday, with about 5000 folks anticipated to attend and an extra 2500 volunteering or working in some capability. Music festivals in rural areas have been shrouded in controversy – extra just lately following a number of drug overdoses on the Rainbow Serpent Competition at Lexton final month. Tony Driscoll, a Northern Grampians Shire Kara Kara ward councillor, mentioned the Babylon Competition was an instance of a optimistic rural music occasion. “It’s a matter of individuals coming and having fun with themselves, however doing so in a accountable method,” he mentioned. “Hopefully this may be an incident-free occasion and make an instance of how these occasions will be run.” Cr Driscoll mentioned the occasion was a chance for folks to go to the area and achieve an appreciation for it. “It definitely gives financial spin-offs for our neighborhood, however we additionally hope folks see what’s right here and perhaps even contemplate employment alternatives if the get pleasure from it that a lot,” he mentioned. Police hope the competition can observe comparable “optimistic tendencies” to final yr’s occasion. RELATED: TICKET SALES UP FOR GRAMPIANS MUSIC FESTIVAL “It was very peaceable final yr. The one incident we had was one bloke tripping over and breaking his ankle. We additionally solely had one overdose leading to an individual being transported from the venue,” St Arnaud Sergeant Invoice Alford mentioned. “We’ve got performed all of the prep work, all of the staffing is completed and the climate is trying good, so we hope for an additional good occasion.” St Arnaud, Stawell, Ararat, Horsham and Ballarat police will attend the competition for the third yr. Sergeant Alford mentioned he believed police wouldn’t handle the problems skilled on the Rainbow Serpent Competition in January. “Everyone knows there will probably be medication there and we’re addressing them in probably the most correct manner we will when it comes to hurt minimisation,” he mentioned. “There is a few concern round Rainbow, whereas we do not appear to have that type of clientele and that type of presence, so far as drug issues are involved. “We even have a considerably smaller crowd, which makes it simpler to cope with. “We’ve got a drug canine which will probably be used on Thursday and Friday and given loads of discover to patrons in regards to the secure consumption of medicine.” Associated: Police seize medication at Babylon (March 2017) Police count on greater than 1100 automobiles to journey to the competition web site. “We’ve got organised massive illuminated signage outdoors the venue on the Sunraysia Freeway to alert drivers the competition goes forward,” Sergeant Alford mentioned. “We ask drivers to be affected person within the space this weekend to be secure. “We may have two booze buses approaching Sunday and Monday to maintain issues secure.” Whilst you’re with us, now you can obtain updates straight to your inbox every Friday morning from the Stawell Occasions-Information. To be sure to’re up-to-date with all of the information from throughout the Northern Grampians shire, enroll right here.

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February 14 2019 – 5:00PM

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