Organisers charged over Cairns bush rave

Police have laid charges against the two alleged organisers of a bush rave west of Cairns that was in breach of Covid-19 restrictions.

The event was expected to attract up to 300 people but was shut down by police after they found out about it on social media. Current restrictions in Queensland limit the number of people at a gathering to 30 people.

A 24-year-old woman and 29-year-old man have been charged with failing to comply with public health directions for allegedly planning the two-day festival which was due to be held in state forest just south of Mona Mona. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months jail.

“Whilst we’re fortunate not to have any community contact transmission presently, this potentially puts people at risk give there were people from outside the region in attendance,” said Far North police Det Act Insp Kevin Goan.

“It was in a state forest with insufficient amenities to deal with that number of people so the environmental impact is also noted.

“We understand the human context of people wanting to socialise and be engaged with other activities, however it is a difficult environment and if we all do our part we will out come out of it much quicker.”