Acting Superintendent Steve Clarke has committed police from the Richmond Local Area Command in conjunction with other police resources to be allocated to police Nimbin’s Mardigrass this year.

Acting Superintendent Clarke said: “Our intent this year is similar to other years with the aim to provide police resources to allow for a safe, friendly festival for all participants, visitors, local residents and police.”

Police will be allocated to attend the area, targeting anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug-related activity, traffic enforcement and public order management during the event.

Alcohol-free areas will be enforced and festival goers are warned no breaches will be tolerated.

A large contingent of police and licensed security officers will be on duty in Nimbin during the weekend to ensure that events are safe and enjoyable for all.

Police will be targeting areas in and around licensed premises.

Patrons who fail to leave licensed premises upon direction of staff or police will be issued with a $550 infringement notice.

Nimbin CBD is an alcohol-free zone which includes Cecil, Cullen Thorburn and Sibley streets and police say that action will be taken against any persons consuming alcohol within that precinct.

“Allsopp Park is an alcohol-prohibited area and no alcohol of any description is allowed to be taken into or drunk within that are,” ActingSuperintendent Clarke said.

“Patrons are reminded that even though Nimbin is unique, police will not tolerate any illegal activity, and they will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

“During this festival season, the legislation covering the consumption, sale and use of prohibited drugs will be policed, and minor breaches will be not be accepted or tolerated by police.

“We remind all festival goers that Nimbin is not exempt during Mardi Grass period in relation to drug legislation, and the laws relating to prohibited drugs including cannabis are in force.

“Visitors and locals alike are warned; any use, sale or consumption of illegal drugs observed by police will be acted on in line with our strategies operation targeting prohibited drugs.”

Meanwhile, organisers describe the Mardigrass Festival as a ‘colourful, musical feasting affair’.

A highlight is the Mardigrass Parade with its gunja fairies, dancing down the main street in their fanciful costumes.

“Hemp Info, expos, hemp goods, market stalls selling their wares and culinary tastes, musicians and performers entertaining and all this with a large dose of humour in the form of the Hemp Olympics,” organiser said.

The Mardigrass starts on Friday and runs until Sunday.

More info at www.nimbinmardigrass.com