St Kilda set to celebrate

Police are prepared for a big weekend of entertainment as the iconic St Kilda Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.

More than 400,000 people attended St Kilda festival last year and similar crowd numbers are expected again this year.

Superintendent Tony Silva said the festival was an annual highlight for the area and police would have a strong presence to ensure everyone enjoys themselves safely.

“Last year’s crowds were predominantly well behaved with only a small number of minor incidents occurring,” Supt Silva said.

“However, we want to be very clear that police will not hold tolerate any anti-social or illegal behaviour at the festival and we are committed to holding all offenders to account.

“We’re again expecting large numbers at this year’s festival and we urge everyone to consider how their behaviour might impact on others trying to enjoy the day.

“This is set to be an excellent festival, but we want people to keep their personal safety in the forefront of their minds.

“We ask the community to be patient, drink responsibly and arrange travel plans well in advance.

“Police will be patrolling throughout the festival, as well as around licensed premises, and will be on the lookout for any anti-social behaviour or alcohol related issues.

“We want to remind everyone that the festival is an alcohol-free zone except in licensed premises.

“On-the-spot fines will be issued to anyone caught consuming alcohol in places they shouldn’t be.

“Police also have zero tolerance for drink drivers and Prahran Highway Patrol officers will be conducting breath tests across the Port Phillip area.

“If you are taking public transport home, we encourage you to plan your route and departure times in advance.

Local police will be supported in and around the festival’s main stages by officers from the Mounted Branch, Critical Incident Response Team and Operations Response Unit.

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