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Australia Day celebrations on the Riverside Drive foreshore. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Our behaviour at Australia Day events last nights was commendable but our planning how to get home is lacking, say WA police.

Cdr Murray Smalpage said a rise in the number drink-driving offences to 23 shows that revellers need to put more thought into transport.

“The message about responsible alcohol consumption seems to be having an effect and the community has come together to celebrate the spirit of our country without any significant issues,” Mr Smalpage said.

“We did however see a small increase in the number of people charged for excess 0.08 and DUI, which shows while the behaviour of people at the events was good, some may need to consider how they get to and from those events if they plan to drink.”

Overall, police commended the public’s behaviour.

They said City of Perth’s designated drinking zones in Kings Park and Langley Park were largely attended by individuals who behaved responsibly.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the Australian spirit was well and truly alive as thousands of proud Aussies gathered around the Swan River.

“The pyrotechnics were dazzling as always and the new laser show was simply amazing,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“However, the real colour display was on the masses of people around the foreshore covered in Australian flags and face paint enjoying the 29th Australia Day Skyworks.”

“Skyworks is always a fantastic night-time showcase, but it was very pleasing to see such a huge turn out for all the day’s free events around the foreshore.”

“The Langley Park Entertainment Zone was a massive hit.”

The Skyworks officially started with citizenship ceremony at Council House where 57 people from a diverse mix of backgrounds received their Australian citizenship.

STATEWIDE POLICE FIGURES


Total arrests and summonses: 161
Assault Police Officer charges: 5
Assault Charges: 3
Disorderly Conduct: 44
Drug Offences: 8
Move On Notices: 202
Liquor Infringements: 88
Traffic Infringements: 237
Excess 0.05: 3
Excess 0.08: 12
Driving Under the Influence: 8

Brother in arms, Michael Truong and mate Hung Tran, both aged 18 and from Marangaroo, watch this year's fireworks from the city. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian