Safety big factor in move

Fencing erected at Joondalup Arena ahead of the relocation of the event.
Fencing erected at Joondalup Arena ahead of the relocation of the event.

VenuesWest chairman Graham Partridge announced last Wednesday that Arena Joondalup would host the February 2 event.

‘After more than 150,000 festival visitors to the venue in the last three years, it is not surprising to see one of Australia’s best brands in Australian music make the move north.’

Arena Joondalup has previously been approved for 45,000 people while Claremont Showground can fit 50,000.

Mr Molony said it was evident about two weeks ago that the RAS and promoter A.J. Maddah would be unable to reach an agreement to host this year’s event.

‘We do not want to compromise on our safety standards,’ he said.

‘We’re not that concerned about it, it was a hard negotiation.’

Mr Molony said it was unlikely that Soundwave, also promoted by A.J. Maddah, would be held at the Showground in March.

Arena Joondalup will host new under-18 event Good Life on the same date mooted for Soundwave.

Cottesloe police have spent several months organising patrols in and outside the Showground for the BDO, using officers from the station and Central Metropolitan District.

Sergeant Rory Atkinson said the officers would now be sent to help Joondalup police, who may make small changes to the plan to include local issues in the northern suburb.

Sgt Atkinson said the concert’s move to Joondalup would not affect plans to combat some patrons’ anti-social behaviour because his station’s commander Senior Sergeant Steve Dawson briefed Joondalup police as soon as rumours of a changed venue surfaced.

‘The operation will in essence be the same no matter where the event is held, as the response is based more on the numbers and the demographic of the attending crowd,’ Sgt Atkinson said.