Pyrenees mayor backs call for pill testing at Rainbow

With Lexton’s Rainbow Serpent Festival just days away, organisers are calling on the state government to reconsider its stance on implementing pill testing at festivals, with the call backed by the Pyrenees Shire mayor.

Calling on state governments across Australia to adopt pill testing policies, and to “untie” the hands of festival promoters to protect patrons, in a video released on the event’s Facebook page Rainbow Serpent Festival spokesperson Tim Harvey says organisers are “justifiably concerned” ahead of the 22nd event, which kicks off this Friday.

Pyrenees Shire mayor Robert Vance echoed the call, saying he personally supports pill testing.

“If pill testing saves one life, then I’m in favour of it,” he said.

“I’m not in favour of taking pills and I never have been, but this is the world we live in now.

“When you put 18,000 people together in the one area, the temptation is going to be there, you just can’t stop it. I don’t condone it (taking drugs) but I do think that if pill testing is going to save a life, I think you’ve got to be in favour of it.”

Two festival-goers have died during the event, in 2012 and 2017, and last year’s event was marred by a string of offences that left police “frustrated”.

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