Wristbands will help find children

WHEN there are rides, showbags, animals and hundreds of thousands of people swarming through Brisbane's showgrounds, losing a few children in the crowd is inevitable.

While it might be hard to stop them escaping, police hope to make the task of finding them much easier with free wristbands.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said on Tuesday the wristbands would have space for parents to write contact details to avoid the length of "every parent's worst nightmare".

"These wristbands will help police quickly reunite parents with their child if they do get separated," he said.

"On arrival at the Ekka, speak to your child and organise a meeting point and point out where the police station is.

"Also make sure your child knows how to identify a police officer or someone in uniform if they do need help.

"Schools and community groups taking large groups of children to the Ekka are also asked to attend the police station on arrival to quickly reunite separated children to their groups.

The free wristbands will be available from the Exhibition Police Station off Gregory Tce, opposite the strawberry sundae stall.

There is a free iPhone app to plan the events Ekka goers want to see, using a time and category filter, and an interactive map.

The app also allows visitors to explore showbags by price, name and category and map their location.


WHEN: August 9-18, gates open 9am with most events finished by 9pm.

WHERE: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills.

COST: Adult $26, concession $20, child aged 5-14 $16, infant aged four and under (free). There are also family passes and ride bundles.

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