Richmond Police District urges community to celebrate safely this Australia Day, NSW

The Richmond Police District is urging members of the Northern Rivers communities to plan ahead to ensure a safe celebration this Australia Day.

Visitors and residents are expected to join in the national holiday celebrations this Australia Day (Saturday 26 January 2019), with family and friends throughout the state.

Operation Australia Day 2019, a high-visibility policing operation, will see general duties officers deployed from across the Richmond Police District, assisted by specialist police, to ensure a safe and secure environment for attendees.

Richmond Police District Commander, Superintendent Toby Lindsay, said “police aren’t here to ruin the fun; however, will be out in force and will not tolerate behaviour that risks the safety of others.

“We want everyone to have an enjoyable day, celebrating everything that is great about being Australian, as well as encouraging visitors to join in at local events and enjoy our beautiful area,” Supt Lindsay said.

“Officers will focus on alcohol-related crime and road safety and anyone acting inappropriately will be dealt with swiftly and face the full force of the law.”

“If you’re planning on having a drink, take personal responsibility, drink in moderation, look after your mates and if you’re driving ­–always have a Plan B,” Supt Lindsay said.

If you are planning to attend an event, remember to check the conditions of entry, especially relating to alcohol-free zones as there are a number within our local government areas. Police also ask that care is taken if attending our beaches, public pools and waterways, which become busy during Australia Day.

For details about what’s happening in your area and further event-related information, visit the official Australia Day website: https://www.australiaday.com.au/

A comprehensive Australia Day transport guide – with information for travel to and from events from 7am – is available by visiting www.transportnsw.info.

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