AFTER last year’s success, Fair Play is returning to the Mardi Gras festival as a community initiative designed to help partygoers understand their legal rights and monitor police operations.

Spearheaded by a coalition of Sydney-based LGBTI organisations including ACON, Inner City Legal Centre and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Fair Play raises awareness on issues such as health, safety, rights, and appropriate policing practices at parties over the Mardi Gras period where police drug dog operations occur.

The Fair Play initiative will also see a group of trained volunteers known as Fair Players who attend key Mardi Gras events and provide information on rights and legal support, emotional support and monitoring police operations.

There will also be a website and Facebook page that informs the community about their rights, the law, police powers, and information on how to get help or make a formal complaint.

ACON chief executive Nic Parkhill said: “ACON is proud to be part of this community-led response that seeks to keep party-goers informed and safe over the Mardi Gras period.

“We are committed to supporting people in our communities to know their rights and have the support, if needed, to hold police to account.”

Mardi Gras chief executive Michael Rolik added: “Fair Play continues to play an important role in ensuring members of our communities, and the many thousands of visitors who come to Sydney each year for Mardi Gras, have the information and support they need to have the best Mardi Gras experience.”

For details visit Fair Play’s website or Facebook page

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