Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Party Plans Force Marina Grog Ban

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Party Plans Force Marina Grog Ban

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Byline: BIANCA BOX bianca.box@ gladstoneobserver.com.au

PLANNING to head to the Gladstone Marina this Australia Day?

Leave your grog at home.

That's the strong message from Gladstone Ports Corporation.

Port officials and the city's police slapped the blanket alcohol ban on the precinct and switched off power to the stage area after it was notified of a Gladstone man's plans to host a party for more than 800 revellers near the marina's stage. Barbecues will still be operational throughout the park.

The party was organised by the man via his extensive Facebook network and he had applied for a permit to hold the event through the ports corporation.

It is reported the party was to have been complete with entertainment, a blow-up pool and food stalls.

However, a ports corporation spokeswoman said the permit application did not comply with regulations and the man was told the event could not take place.

"The applicant was informed of the decision (that the permit had been denied) both verbally and in writing, but decided to go ahead with the party anyway," the spokeswoman said. …

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