Once again the Schoolies Hub has set up at Apex Park in Byron Bay and is there to help young people who are coming to town stay safe as well as have fun. The Hub is a free service where teenagers can drop in, have a break and take some time out or grab something to eat and is run by volunteers and is part of the Schoolies Safety Response, a joint initiative of BUDDI Byron Inc, Police and Byron Shire Council
‘We hope everyone who comes has an amazing time celebrating the end of high school and has chosen Byron to chill out and relax with friends,’ Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson said.
‘Please act with respect and responsibility – respect for yourself, your friends and others, and our town, residents and businesses as well,’ he said.
Tweed/Byron Police District Officer in Charge at Byron Bay, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe said police will be targeting drug and alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
Stay safe and know your limits
Police will also be working closely with the Schoolies Safety Response agencies, which include Byron Youth Service and Red Frog volunteers to enhance the safety and responsible behaviour of young people, while minimising the disruption to local communities.
Finishing high school is a momentous occasion for all school leavers and we want to make sure schoolies celebrations are conducted in a safe environment,’ Detective Chief Inspector said.
‘Drugs and alcohol impairs your judgement and can lead to risky behaviours or choices which can impact the rest of your life.
‘Know your limits and look out for your mates, we want this to be a memorable time for all schoolies – but for the right reasons.
‘We aren’t here to ruin the fun – our officers will be around and are there for your safety; approach police or authorities if you are in danger, if you feel threatened or you are a victim of any type of crime.
‘Thousands of people are expected to fill Byron Bay, and people are urged to plan ahead; those not joining in the celebrations are asked to watch out for increased pedestrian activity and keep an eye out on the roads.
‘As always, if you’re planning on drinking – you need a Plan B to get yourself home,’ Det Ch Insp Kehoe said.
First Aid officers will be on hand and there will be an increased police presence to respond to the extra visitors in town. All teenagers are reminded to bring their medication and to be aware that the region has been affected by bushfires and is experiencing smoky conditions.
For event information visit the official schoolies website.