Hillsong won’t be fined for ‘music festival’ like youth camp

hilsung The church will not be fined before New South Wales Police To host a youth camp similar to the Newcastle music festival, despite the state’s ban on singing and dancing under public health orders.

NSW Police issued a statement saying that “no violation” will be issued to the event’s organizers.

“NSW Police attended an event in the Newcastle area and spoke with organisers,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Peter Glenn said.

Hillsong confirmed that the youth camp was held at Glenrock State Conservation Park in Newcastle.
NSW Police will not fine Hillsong for hosting a youth camp in Newcastle. (9 news)

“After discussions with regulators and after consultation with NSW Health, no violation will be issued.

“Event organizers are aware of their obligations under public health orders, and NSW Police will continue to ensure ongoing compliance.”

Witnesses said the church camp resembled a music festival, with tents set up with live music and DJs playing alongside “a lot of people”.

Hillsong denied allegations that the event was a music festival. (9 news)

Hillsong denied any allegations that the camp was a music festival.

“These events are annual high school age youth camps and are in no way similar to a music festival,” a Hillsong spokesperson said in a statement.

“Our camps mainly include outdoor recreational activities including sports and games.

“We are following strict COVID measures and adhering to government guidelines.

“Christian prayers are held outdoors during camp but this is only a small part of the programme, and any singing is only a small part of each service.”

Hillsong Youth Camp in NSW Mid-North Coast is now being called a "double standard" Amidst Omicron's strict rules for hospitality venues.
Hillzung said the event is an annual youth camp. (9 news)

Society and state politicians are angry about the event.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said Hillsong’s event “clearly violates the spirit and intent of the system, which was put in place to help keep the community safe”.

Prime Minister Dominique Beirut said today that he was “completely shocked”.

“I echo the frustration and anger felt by others across the state,” he said.

New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Beirut
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said he understood the frustration of New South Wales residents with the event. (9 news)

Under NSW public health orders, singing and dancing are prohibited at music festivals, hospitality venues, nightclubs, recreational facilities and major recreation facilities to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.

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