Cops tell mum after 1300 invited to NYE party on Facebook
IF YOU plan on having a party this festive season, police are reminding you to keep it off social media so it doesn't get out of hand.
Rockhampton Sergeant Paul Bennett said if word of the party has spread you may need to take extra preventative measures like changing the venue, having more adults around or hiring security guards.
Sgt Bennett, from Capricornia Police Liquor Enforcement, said police recently made one mother aware of a party that her daughter had organised for New Year's where 1300 people had been invited via Facebook.
Sgt Bennett advised this situation was an absolute recipe for disaster.
"Many parents do not realise they can be charged and face the costs of out-of-control parties that they have allowed their children to have," Sgt Bennett said.
He said police had the power to deal with unruly parties and events, and the power to prosecute irresponsible party and event organisers.
A person who organises or is involved in arranging, hosting, managing, advertising or promoting the event can commit an offence if it gets out of hand.
And the maximum penalty is up to $12,100 or one year's imprisonment.
Sgt Bennett also said that gatecrashers could be charged and face the possibility of imprisonment.
"It is an offence for a person who has been refused entry to an event to cause or contribute to an event becoming an out-of-control event through out-of-control conduct at or near the event," he said.
"If your event starts to get out-of-control call 000 immediately and consider what steps you can safely take to end the event.
"Early intervention by police may stop an event from becoming out-of-control."