Revellers urged to look after each other and enjoy ‘FOMO’ festival safely

Police are urging revellers to make good decisions, look out for each other, and enjoy ‘FOMO’ festival safely this weekend.

FOMO festival will run between 11.30am and 11pm today (Saturday 11 January 2002) at Parramatta Park.

With more than 11,000 music fans expected to attend the over 18s event, police will provide a highly visible presence to ensure a safe environment.

The police operation is led by North West Metropolitan Region and will also include officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad, Police Transport Command, the Dog Unit, the Mounted Unit and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

North West Metropolitan Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Jodi Radmore, said the safety of festival-goers is the number one priority.

“We want to make sure all attendees enjoy FOMO festival and stay safe throughout the day, so we’ve been working very closely with event organisers,” Det Supt Radmore said.

“Police will be on the look-out for any unsafe behaviour, and of course, will not tolerate criminal behaviour.

“We aren’t there to spoil anyone’s fun, but if you break the law or create issues for other revellers, we will act swiftly to remove you from the event.”

Det Supt Radmore added that anyone who brings prohibited drugs to the festival should expect to be caught – and dealers will be charged.

“Police will be proactively targeting drug supply – which includes covert operations,” Det Supt Radmore said.

“I want to remind revellers that MDMA and other illicit substances are potentially life threatening, and various environmental factors can impact the way in which the body reacts after consumption.

“With warm weather anticipated for Saturday, we strongly encourage revellers to be sun smart, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water – rather than alcohol – try to find shade to keep cool and have a plan in case you or a friend feels unwell.

“There will be medical facilities available at the festival, and I urge anyone who suspects a friend, or another festival-goer may be unwell – for whatever reason – get them proper medical care immediately.”

Police will also be targeting anti-social behaviour in and around the venue, as well as on the public transport network.

For all event information – including what you can/can’t bring – visit www.fomofestival.com.au.

Attendees are reminded that there is no parking at the event and are encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport.

Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500 for all the latest timetables and ticketing information for trains, buses and ferries, as well as taxi rank information.

For up-to-the minute traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com.

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