Police Praise Behaviour

Take every local, add over six thousand visitors and throw a party and you have what Police would be fair in thinking might be a headache.

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But they are singing the praises of organisers, locals and visitors alike with no major incidents reported or occurring at Winton’s The Way Out West Festival which celebrated the reopening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre.

The town played host to more than 6500 locals, interstate and international travellers during the four-day music event.

Opening celebrations were conducted by the Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, and with the attendance of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and other dignitaries, Police had to be on their toes.

Officers from Winton were assisted by staff from Longreach, Muttaburra, Alpha, Blackall, Yaraka, Jundah and Charleville Station.

Operation Quebec Wallaby was also supported by Road Policing Units from Longreach, Charleville, Emerald and Cloncurry under traffic operation Quebec Matilda.

Despite the large numbers attending the event, Winton Police are happy to report no major incidents occurred. Everyone’s behaviour was good, with no arrests required or enforcement action taken.

The Opening and event is being hailed a huge success for the region.

A wide variety of acts were performed on seven individual stages at hotels and clubs throughout the town from Thursday to Sunday, with two main concerts on both Friday and Saturday night at the Eric Lenton Sportsgrounds.

Performances by international artists including Kip Moore, Lee Brice and Sheppard were complemented by Australian artists Living End, John Williamson, Busby Marou, Russell Morris, James Blundell and Jessica Mauboy on both nights.