Party safely this Australia Day

POLICE are urging the community to plan ahead and celebrate Australia Day safely.

Millions of Australians are expected to gather to celebrate our national day at events and parties across NSW on Sunday.

There will be large numbers of additional police deployed statewide as part of Operation Shoreline to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Canobolas Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Peter Atkins said the statewide operation would include extra Orange police, not only to deter crime but arrest anyone breaking the law.

“Significant crowds are expected to celebrate at Cook Park and Lake Canobolas as well as smaller local events across the command and while we want everyone to have a good time, we won’t risk other people’s safety,” Acting Superintendent Atkins said.

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One of the most important plans you need to make for the day is how to get home and if you’re planning to drink, don’t drive, he said.

“If you kick off early, pace yourself when drinking alcohol, show some personal responsibility, eat something, drink plenty of water and look after your mates,” Acting Superintendent Atkins said.

Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, encouraged the community to celebrate everything that’s great about our country, but do it safely.

“Our police operation will include officers from across the state to ensure all Australians and tourists have a safe and enjoyable day,” he said.

“Officers will focus on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social or any behaviour that could ruin the day for others.”

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