Full moon mayhem
FUTURE Full Moon Parties might be designated locals-only, after a group of Cairns males started a fight-club outside of the most recent event on Saturday night.
Police and organisers of the Full Moon Party at the Marina last weekend shut down the event by 11.30pm after police had to break up a large-scale fight, in which one man was knocked unconscious and another suffered a laceration to the head.
The problems started even earlier for police when they had to arrest a 27-year-old Wonga Beach man for public nuisance, after he was refused entry to the event and retaliated, causing security to restrain him until police arrived.
Port Douglas OIC Senior Sergeant Damian Meadows said they arrived just as they received the call out for the fight and saw one group of people run off.
‘‘An 18-year-old Redlynch man was incarcerated for fighting after he attempted to re-incite the fight when police were dealing with the matter,’’ Senior Sergeant Meadows said.
‘‘Subsequently he was arrested and conveyed to the Cairns watch house, to appear in the Mossman Magistrates Court charged with public nuisance and obstruct police.
‘‘People are drinking not for enjoyment but for effect and one of the problems is pre-loading before they go out. They present well to security because they are pre-loaded and then one or two drinks later and they are intoxicated.’’
Owner of Lure and organisers of the event Gerry Hughes and Wayne Stapleton were disappointed in the actions of the men, which put a stain on the night even though the majority of the patrons inside the party were oblivious to mayhem outside.
‘‘I was so disgusted and disappointed with what happened and felt sorry for all of our patrons – our age demographic on Saturday night ranged from 18 to 72 years young, locals and tourists – they were so well behaved and have been in the past,’’ Mr Hughes said.
‘‘As for our trouble makers, they were 20-25 year-old males from Cairns. I feel their intention was nothing but fully premeditated with no other reason to attend the event than to cause trouble.
‘‘It doesn’t matter how many successful events you hold, it only takes one show of bad faith and it would be a shame for these events to cease through the disgraceful behaviour of these young thugs. Local publicans will not put up with this behaviour.’’
Mr Hughes said they met with Sergeant Meadows, who was happy with their increased security, 7-foot fencing, baggage checking and capping of number of entrants to the event and checking ID. Mr Hughes said they found a lot of fake IDs and had more than 150 under-age people trying to access the event.
‘‘We could ramp up the security again and try to have a police presence randomly through the evening, the blue shirt is a big deterrent considering people know what they can get away with with security,’’ Mr Hughes said.
‘‘We will probably even limit it to a local event only; we don’t have to market it outside of Port Douglas and Mossman considering we definitely have enough support here without marketing it to Cairns.
‘‘Holidaymakers are fine, I was on the door all night and chatting to people from Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney – tourists aren’t here to cause trouble, even one lovely lady who was 72 loved it.’’