Crab Fest nets big crowd


Clockwise from top: More than 110,000 people attended Crab Fest over the weekend; Nick Martin; Matthew Creeden, Sophie Knight and Adam Donovan; St John Ambulance volunteers Brenton Stewart and Tania Jonas; Emelia Glennon (10) and Alisha Spratt (10).
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Crab Fest nets big crowd
Clockwise from top: More than 110,000 people attended Crab Fest over the weekend; Nick Martin; Matthew Creeden, Sophie Knight and Adam Donovan; St John Ambulance volunteers Brenton Stewart and Tania Jonas; Emelia Glennon (10) and Alisha Spratt (10).

Highlights included a flash mob, the cooking stage, sandcastle sculptures, Big T and Russell Morris’ on-stage entertainment and spectacular fireworks.

However, the success of Crab Fest was marred with reports a young woman was attacked near the main stage in front of her six-year-old brother.

Ashlee (who did not want her last name published) claimed she was set upon by a group who pulled her hair, kicked and punched her, and tore her fingernail off. Her fiance Jamie was also injured.

Mandurah police station officer-in-charge Stephen Thompson said there was an incident.

“A disturbance was reported to police, who were dispatched and dealt with it,” he said.

Snr Sgt Thompson said Crab Fest was a success and most people were well behaved.

“It was a family event with a sufficient amount of police,” he said.

“We are aware of the incident. We will follow it up with an investigation.”

A City of Mandurah spokeswoman said there was a big number of police and security at Crab Fest. She said about 10 security guards attended the scene of the incident.

There were multiple complaints on social media that the portaloos at Crab Fest were not up to scratch. People claim they were dirty and flooded.

Wendy Pearce wrote: “I thought they would have had cleaners organised. The simple fact is there was no one cleaning the toilets over the two days and it is absolutely disgusting, would pretty much say that they weren’t done and they should have been.”

The council spokeswoman said there were more than 100 extra toilets provided.

“There were cleaning services all weekend and inspections on a roster basis,” she said.

“If there were any reports or complaints, they would have been addressed straight away.”