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Spectators reminded to make a plan and stay safe ahead of Australian Open of Surfing finals in Manly

Friday, 03 March 2017 02:28:22 PM

Police are reminding spectators to stay safe and plan your trip ahead of the Australian Open of Surfing finals on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this weekend.

Organisers are expecting significant crowds during the final two days of the competition, which began at Manly Beach on Saturday 25 February 2017, and will conclude on Sunday (5 March 2017).

The event showcases the best of Australia’s surfing, skate, music, fashion and art in a celebration of culture, innovation and athleticism.

A high-visibility policing operation, involving officers from Northern Beaches Local Area Command, is in place to ensure the safety of competitors, spectators and the community throughout the competition.

Northern Beaches Local Area Commander, Superintendent Dave Darcy, reminded spectators to plan their trip to the finals events in Manly this weekend.

“Given the large crowds expected in the area; we’re urging people to utilise public transport for the event as parking will be very limited and is expected to fill quickly,” Supt Darcy said.

“If you must drive, be sure to plan your journey ahead of time, drive to the conditions, and exercise patience when travelling through the area.

“With rain expected this weekend, also be sure to pack appropriate attire and be prepared for delays,” Supt Darcy said.

“Both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings, look out for your mates, and only cross at designated traffic control points,” Supt Darcy said.

“Ferries will be running to Manly every half hour; however, they can be very popular – particularly on weekends – so ensure you have a ‘Plan B’ in mind, which may include the local bus services on offer.”

Access the ‘Trip Planner’ via www.transportnsw.info to plan your journey to the Australian Open of Surfing and visit www.livetraffic.com for up-to-date traffic information.

“This is a family-friendly event and an opportunity to showcase the very best of Manly so we’re focused on ensuring it’s safe and enjoyable for locals and overseas visitors alike.

“I’d encourage everyone to check event details, particularly regarding council-established Alcohol-Free Zones throughout the Manly CBD, including all beaches and Manly Corso.”

Information on alcohol-free zones in the area can be found on the Manly Council website: www.manly.nsw.gov.au.

Additional tips to ensure a safe and fun visit to the Australia Open of Surfing:

• Plan ahead and check the event website and guides for details;

• Leave your car at home and utilise public transport services;

• This is an alcohol-free event so don’t bring alcohol into the precinct;

• Don’t bring glass into the area;

• Factor in possible delays and be patient when travelling through the area;

• Plan ahead for all weather conditions and pack appropriate attire;

• Leave your valuables at home; and,

• Ensure you have contact details for friends or relatives in case of an emergency.

For further event information, including competition schedules and event maps, visit the official Australian Open of Surfing website: australianopenofsurfing.com.