Area manager for Campaspe Shire Police David Rowe said it was a surprisingly quiet weekend for the 2017 Southern 80.
Crowds were down overall from previous years, along the Murray river and around Echuca-Moama, which he said could have been for any number of potential reasons.
‘‘Even with the high heat, people were very well behaved,’’ he said.
One offender was processed for drink driving on Saturday night and minor infringements occurred throughout the weekend in relation to people drinking in the street.
A few minor infringements also occurred along the river with people littering in various areas.
The most disappointing incident happened in the forrest area with three orange canons seized by police.
It is understood these were home-made firearms made using PVC piping and flammable liquid to shoot oranges.
‘‘Under the legislation these are regarded as firearms and the people involved have been charged on summons for possessing an unregistered firearm unlicensed,’’ Senior Sergeant Rowe said.
On Sunday people were caught using one of the firearms to shoot at a Maritime Services boat as it was towing one of the Southern 80 ski boats involved in one of the incidents.
The matter was still being dealt with by police late yesterday afternoon.
‘The overall consensus was that people were generally well behaved around town, at the finish line and along the river,’’ Snr Sergeant Rowe said.
‘‘We had a sufficient resources for the entire weekend and were able to go about dealing with business as usual.’’
An additional 28 police from Melbourne and Bendigo were spread across different shifts throughout the weekend along with police from the Campaspe area.
‘‘Everything was managed really well and aside from those few incidents we were happy with how things went.’’