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Hillsong escapes fine after denying youth camp with dancing and singing was ‘a festival’

NSW police will not issue infringement after church says camp was low risk as it was outdoors and students were ‘part of the same social network’

Hillsong church will not be fined by police over a New South Wales youth camp where congregants were filmed singing and dancing, despite the state’s health minister saying the event was “clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent” of public health orders.

The church apologised on Friday for “giving any perception that we were not playing our part to keep New South Wales safe” after footage of its annual youth summer camp near Newcastle provoked widespread outrage amid the state’s Covid case numbers. They faced paying fines up to $55,000.

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