Sunday, 01 March 2015 10:57:34 PM
Police worked closely with event organisers today to ensure people’s safety was paramount while evacuating the Good Life Festival due to severe weather.
The under-18’s event kicked off at midday today (Sunday 1 March 2015) at the Randwick Racecourse, however, mid-afternoon storms with wind gusts reaching 91km/h damaged the main stages and caused major structural weaknesses.
Police and festival staff safely evacuated almost 20,000 teenagers from the location. There have been no reports of injuries.
Operation Commander Superintendent Gavin Dengate said the safety of revellers could be attributed to the good working relationship between police and event organisers.
“Eventgoers were instructed to wait in the grandstands while storms passed through,” Superintendent Dengate said.
“Festival staff then cleared the site so people could walk back into the main area to collect their belongings.
“The youths were very well behaved and having a great time at the concert before the inclement weather started. We commend them on complying with our instructions.
“Our close working relationship with event organisers resulted in no injuries as a result of the storms and evacuations.
“Only one arrest was made out of 20,000 festivalgoers, and that was when a male youth assaulted a police officer. He will appear at a children’s court in the near future.
“Unfortunately, mother nature threw us a curve ball with this event, but it’s great to work with dedicated professionals where our main priority is the safety of revellers,” Superintendent Dengate said.