Winery Walkabout 2018: drugs detected, woman hit by bus

BAD GRAPES: Rutherglen Sergeant Brian Curran said finding drugs and a few drunken patrons had soured an otherwise well-behaved walkabout. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
BAD GRAPES: Rutherglen Sergeant Brian Curran said finding drugs and a few drunken patrons had soured an otherwise well-behaved walkabout. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Despite increased security at this year’s Winery Walkabout, one woman was hospitalised after being hit by a bus, while police found drugs and drug paraphernalia at more than one venue.

Wodonga Highway Patrol is investigating after a Melbourne woman, 28, was hit by a bus about 4.15pm on Saturday.

Wodonga Sergeant Cameron Roberts said the crash occurred in the car park of All Saints Estate and the cause was not yet known.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the woman was taken to Albury Base Hospital by paramedics, arriving at about 6.30pm.

She said the patient had injured her arm and was complaining of tenderness in her right hip.

Albury-Wodonga Health said due to fog at Albury Airport the woman was transferred to Wagga, before being flown to a Melbourne hospital, though the exact hospital was not known.

All Saints Estate Winery were not available to comment. 

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Rutherglen Sergeant Brian Curran said crowds attending Winery Walkabout were overall well-behaved but instances of drug possession dampened the event. 

“Generally crowds behaved well but obviously there’s always a small number of people who don’t do right thing and that keeps us busy,” he said.

“Four people were arrested for being drunk in public place.

“Our other concern is we located drugs and drug paraphernalia at more than one venue.”

Sergeant Curran said one person had been arrested and charged with drug possession and would appear at Wodonga Magistrates Court at a later date. 

He said overall the amount of lawless behaviour was in line with previous years, but the appearance of drugs was concerning.

Sergeant Curran said police would be turning more resources towards drug detection next year. 

“It puts a dampener on things from our perspective,” he said.

“Organisers go to a lot trouble to make it a good event, as do police, and it can be spoiled by a small number of people.”

It comes as police revealed they had brought in extra resources for the annual event and Campbells Wines confirmed it had increased security and capped the number of revellers who could attend the winery.

Thousands attended the two-day affair with 375 stalls lining the main street.