Mildura Weekly : Friday May 23 2014 Vol 8 No 29
www.milduraweekly.com.au 6 Mildura Weekly – 23/05/14 By VINNIE RODI IF the thoughts of Mildura’s Police, businesses and even our Mayor are anything to go by, there’s nothing quite like a ‘One Night Stand’ in Mildura. The Triple J-run drug and alco- hol-free concert – held last Saturday at Nowingi Place – is still the talk of the town six days after, with Mil- dura businesses and residents rid- ing high after hosting thousands of visitors. Mildura Police have this week praised more than 17,000 concert- goers for their good behaviour, while a number of businesses across the district are still smiling at the sight of bulging cash registers, thanks to the influx of visitors. To put it simply, Triple J’s One Night Stand event has been labelled a massive success by all involved. Mildura Police Acting Inspec- tor Paul Matheson said officers had been extremely happy with the be- haviour of concert-goers, with only minor incidents reported through- out the night. Included were a number of drug offences – four cannabis cautions, 14 possess ecstasy and one possess speed – while four people were also cited for drunken behaviour, breach of peace and indecent language. Those caught with ecstasy and speed will face charges at a later date, while those caught with can- nabis were cautioned on the night. “All up there were 23 offenders caught on the night,” Acting Insp. Matheson said. “Fifteen of those were drug-related. “To only have 23 incidents out of crowd of 17,000 people is a fantastic result, and concert-goers should be applauded for their good behaviour. “When you look at the num- ber of offences versus the number of attendees the night was a great success.” Acting Insp. Matheson said the key to the event’s success was good organisation. “Triple J organisers and Mil- dura Rural City Council deserve a big pat on the back for their hard work,” he said. “All the planning and meetings that took place prior to the concert helped the event run as smoothly as possible. “To be honest the number of arrests that took place on the night were no different to any other weekend in Mildura.” Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne – who attended Saturday’s event – also applauded the behaviour of concert-goers, saying the benefits of the One Night Stand concert were numerous. “I thought it was an incredible event,” he said. “To see more than 17,000 people at the concert was truly an amazing sight, and to be honest I don’t think anyone could complain about how the crowd be- haved. “You probably would have seen more incidents take place on the region’s footy fields this weekend than at One Night Stand. “While it was disappointing that a few people were caught try- ing to bring drugs into the event, the number of offences were in fact minimal. “The impression I got was that people were here to enjoy them- selves, they weren’t here to wreak havoc or cause trouble.” • Continued Page 52 Mildura reaps One Night Stand benefits • A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Triple J announcers Alex Dyson, Zan Rowe and Matt Okine share a lighter moment with our photographer prior to One Night Stand getting under way. The event itself was labelled a massive success, attracting a crowd in excess of 17,000, BELOW. Photos: BRODIE SYMONDS 50% OFF COMPLETE GLASSES INCLUDING THE LATEST DESIGNERS When you choose 1 pair of complete glasses with PENTAX standard single vision lenses from a select range in the $149 collection or above. * OVER150FRAMES *Other lens types and extra options not included. Offer ends 6th July 2014. Not to be used in conjunction with any other of fer including 2 pairs for 1 low price. Frames available while stocks last. Specsavers Mildura Central: (Next to Ta rget), corner 15th St & Deakin Ave, 5021 4913. Visit specsavers.com.au to find out more.
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