This why police are urging parents and carers to collect a free wristband from the Exhibition Police Station and to explain to your child what to do and where to go if they do become separated.
They are also encouraging parents and carers to record their names and contact details on the underside of the wristband so they aren’t visible to the general public.
The program has proved successful at the Ekka over a number of years, helping police easily identify lost children and reuniting them with their parents and carers. Last year, officers reunited 86 lost children.
On arrival at the Ekka, parents should show their children where the police station is located, teach them how to identify a police officer and explain that they need to find a police officer if they become lost. Police encourage parents to know where their children are at all times.
The free wristbands will be available from the Exhibition Police Station off Gregory Terrace, opposite the Strawberry Sundae stall.
The separate police display at the Ekka is open from 9am to 7pm daily for the duration of the show.