Folk Festival police bill

Mr Purcell (Western Victoria) (14:07:52) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Police. The Port Fairy Folk Festival is an annual event that attracts thousands of people from throughout Australia and overseas. It is a volunteer-run festival, and it has been running for more than 40 years. For the last two decades it has actually given about $4 million to the community and also $3 million to volunteer groups and organisations. Additional police are allocated to the event each year, but any charges for the extra police have usually been waived. It is an event that really does not incur much; I have never even seen a cross word, so it is not one that is heavily policed. However, this year more than $6000 was charged to the festival, which was reduced when the waiver was requested, but it still cost them $4600. I therefore ask the minister: will you waive the charge for the provision of the police services for this community event?