"It is tragic that a young life has been lost and that a family is mourning the life of their daughter."
News has surfaced of the death of a 23-year-old Sydney woman at this weekend's Dragon Dreaming festival in Wee Jasper, NSW, despite reports that local police attempted to stop the festival from going ahead.
As Yass Tribune reports, the woman was found at 6.25am on Monday morning, where doctors unsuccessfully attempted to revive her. Police have confirmed that she wasn't suffering from any medical conditions, though the cause of death is still being investigated.
Superintendent Zoran Dzevlan says, "It is tragic that a young life has been lost and that a family is mourning the life of their daughter."
There were reportedly 78 drug detections over the course of the festival running from 23 — 26 October, an increase from last year's 72. 20 people tested positive from random drug tests while leaving the festival and three were charged with supply.
Don't miss a beat with our FREE daily newsletter
"Once the police have obtained all their statistics from the weekend they will be putting a recommendation to the council not to approve the event next year," continues Dzevlan.
"I didn’t want this event to happen in the first place. We put our objections forward to council and as a result of these drug detections, and the tragic death of a young lady, we will again be putting our recommendations forward for this event not to take place in our community."
The event is in its seventh year, citing the event as a celebration of "art, music, nature, and the freedom of self-expression in a safe, family friendly gathering".
The festival has not yet made an official statement.