Southbound confirms its return to Busselton

Police have congratulated the 30,000 strong crowd on their good behaviour at Southbound 2015. Photo: Ted May.

Police have congratulated the 30,000 strong crowd on their good behaviour at Southbound 2015. Photo: Ted May.

SOUTHBOUND will return to Sir Stewart Bovell Park next year despite rumours the festival’s time is up.

Due to increasing development around the festival site it was unknown whether the two day event would be forced to move elsewhere.

But Southbound managing director and promoter David Chitty confirmed the event would be back next year.

An event spokesperson said they were very impressed with the crowd’s behaviour this year, with only a few people turned away for smuggling alcohol into the event.

Busselton police were also impressed with the behaviour charging just 57 people with drug related offences.

Police drug dog sniffing patrols entering Southbound 2015. Photo: Ted May.

Police drug dog sniffing patrols entering Southbound 2015. Photo: Ted May.

Sergeant Todd Carrington said the drugs confiscated were mainly cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines.

“We had drug detection dogs present during the day with the majority of people caught as they entered the festival,” Sgt Carrington said.

“A couple of flares were let off on Sunday night which was dangerous due to the fire ban but overall we were pretty impressed with the way people behaved.”

Southbound issued a warning on their Facebook page to the person who set off the flares to be mindful as the incident caused a fire on a farmer’s paddock next door.

Busselton police with the help of other officer’s in the South West made no arrests with only a handful of people who were charged summonsed to court.

Sergeant Carrington said when Busselton had 30,000 people attend a two day festival issues usually arise, however, very few involved the police this year. 

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