Police are no party poopers

NOISY parties are usually less of a problem if the host invites, or at least warns, their neighbours ahead of the designated weekend, Gympie police say.

Tired of being seen as the "fun police" while dealing with an average of four noise complaints on both Friday and Saturday nights, Gympie police officers have asked residents to be reasonable when both holding and "tolerating" parties.

Sure, if a household made over-the-top noise on a regular basis, police could shut the party down and possibly lay charges for creating a public nuisance or issue on-the-spot fines.

But if the party is for a special occasion, officers ask neighbours to put up with a bit of noise - within reason of course, says officer in charge of Gympie police, Acting Senior Sergeant Terry Kennedy.

This is why he urges party planners and hosts to speak with their neighbours before the big occasion.

A noisy neighbour, who did not want to be identified for obvious reasons, said the trick to avoiding a visit from police during a party was to invite all the neighbours.

"Then there is no one to complain and if they don't turn up you've given them plenty of notice," she said.

Snr Sgt Kennedy agreed.

"If it happens every Friday and Saturday night, well there's a problem, but if a neighbour holds a party on the odd occasion, let them go for it," he said.

"The last thing we want to do is be party poopers."

Gympie Times


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