$400 on the spot fines for drug possession a possibility for Australia Day music festival
The organiser’s licence to operate its next festival is under review by Liquor & Gaming, which is looking at additional and stricter licence conditions for its next event Hardcore Til I Die at the Sydney Showgrounds on Australia Day.
On-the-spot $400 fines for drug possession are one of the measures being considered. At present festival-goers caught with a small amount of drugs are issued with a court attendance notice.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told The Daily Telegraph she wanted young people to enjoy dance festivals “but we also want them to be safe”.
“That is why we have enacted a range of reforms, recommended by an expert panel, to improve safety at dance festivals, including much tougher penalties for the criminals who sell drugs at these events,” she said.