PO­LICE EYE BUSH RAVE

7000 IN­VITED TO BUSH RAVE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

PO­LICE are threat­en­ing to shut down a pub­lic party in Shalvey, with more than 850 peo­ple set to at­tend the event in bush­land this Satur­day night.

The event, dubbed “Project S” has gone vi­ral on Face­book with more than 7000 peo­ple re­ceiv­ing in­vi­ta­tions to the open group.

Or­gan­is­ers have also boasted it will be the “big­gest party ever, laser lights big speak­ers and mas­sive fire, lots of space – it will go off” and about a makeshift box­ing ring which has been erected for “oneon-ones (fights)” only.

How­ever, the event is to be held in a bushfire-prone area be­hind Freya Cres­cent in Shalvey, and with tem­per­a­tures set to reach 33C on Satur­day, Mt Druitt po­lice have ex­pressed safety con­cerns for at­ten­dees.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dave God­dard has warned peo­ple there will be a high po­lice pres­ence.

“The un­sanc­tioned event is in a re­mote lo­ca­tion with no fa­cil­i­ties and is a bushfire-prone area,” he said. “We will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against any­one who chooses to com­mit crime, or be­have in an of­fen­sive man­ner.”

PO­LICE are threat­en­ing to shut down a Christ­mas rave party – set to ri­val Corey Wor­thing­ton’s in­fa­mous 2008 bash – to be held this week­end in Shalvey bush­land.

More than 7000 peo­ple have been in­vited to the free party via Face­book and al­most 900 are al­ready listed to at­tend. The party has been dubbed “Project S” by its or­gan­is­ers.

Po­lice and par­ents have spo­ken of the safety con­cerns sur­round­ing the party, which is set to be held in bush­land be­hind Freya Cres­cent in Shalvey, this Satur­day night.

It is il­le­gal to hold an event on pub­lic land and any­one at­tend­ing could be tres­pass­ing.

The Face­book page, which has gone vi­ral, says it will be “Shalvey’s Big­gest Open Christ­mas Party (Project S)”. Or­gan­is­ers state it would be the “big­gest party ever, laser lights, big speak­ers and mas­sive fire, lots of space - it will go off”.

One of the or­gan­is­ers also posted a photo of what ap­pears to be a des­ig­nated fight ring with the cap­tion, “The ring is set okay ev­ery­one, one-on-ones only”.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple listed to at­tend have com­mented on the group’s Face­book event page.

One user Sami Byrne said: “… Corey Wor­thing­ton thought his party was crazy, ain’t got s--- on this Shalvey party.”

Other users were more ap­pre­hen­sive.

“With the amount of peo­ple get­ting added … it will end up get­ting shut down,” said Sky White­side.

Par­ents have ex­pressed con­cern af­ter their chil­dren were in­vited to the party, with one mother, who asked to re­main anony­mous, say­ing she was wor­ried for her fam­ily’s safety.

“I am con­cerned for my fam­ily that live close to where the party is be­ing held. I am con­cerned for my chil­dren and other chil­dren’s safety,” the woman said. “Th­ese types of par­ties need to be shut down be­fore they can es­ca­late.”

Mt Druitt crime man­ager Dave God­dard said the event would be heav­ily po­liced.

“Po­lice are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple not to at­tend the pub­lic event at Shalvey due to safety con­cerns,” he said.

“A high-vis­i­bil­ity po­lice op­er­a­tion will be in place, in­volv­ing of­fi­cers from Mt Druitt LAC and other sec­tions of the NSW Po­lice Force. Po­lice will be tar­get­ing il­le­gal drug use and sup­ply, un­der­age drink­ing, al­co­hol-re­lated violence and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

A photo of what ap­pears to be a makeshift fight­ing ring posted on Face­book.

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