THE Earthcore Summer Dreaming music festival has been marred by an allegation of rape and illicit drug use.
The festival, held at the Elmore Events Centre from Thursday to Sunday, also saw a 24-year-old Dandenong man charged with three counts of indecent assault.
Campaspe Inspector Police Geoff Owen said despite some good behaviour from the majority of festival-goers the drug use was ‘‘disappointing’’.
‘‘It just further collaborates the culture of illicit drug use at these types of festivals,’’ he said.
‘‘There were several detected using illicit drugs and three charged with trafficking drugs.
‘‘Police are investigating the allegation of rape which occurred about 8am on Sunday morning.
‘‘The Dandenong man has been charged with three counts of indecent assault and bailed.’’
Insp Owen said the strong police presence continued yesterday.
‘‘We continued with road policing which saw 10 people charged with drug driving before 12pm,’’ he said.
‘‘The prevalent drug use is concerning but the vast majority of people were well behaved towards police.’’
Ambulance Victoria treated people across the four days.
But drug use isn’t new to the dance festival, with the 2016 event, which was held in Pyalong, seeing 19 drug notices handed out, 28 people cautioned for cannabis use, four interviewed for possession of drugs and two for possession of a weapon.
There were 32 caught drug driving.
The Campaspe News contacted Earthcore via its advertised number but had not received a response at the time of printing.