Schoolies in Byron Bay
Schoolies dates 2015
Week 1 - 22 - 28 November
Week 2 - 29 November - 5 December
Schoolies – 'look after your mates'
Have a great Byron Bay holiday, but please look after each other. That’s the key message from Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson to the end of year School leavers arriving in Byron Bay.
“Let you hair down and enjoy our magnificent Shire, but be responsible for yourself and friends and be respectful of the town.
“It can be tempting to go overboard, but it just not worth the risk of harm to yourself or anyone else. You’ve come to the best place in Australia to relax and chill out, make it memorable for all the right reasons and not the wrong.
“Make new friends and explore the region, but drink responsibly, pick up your litter, swim between the flags and not at night, and don’t drink and drive. And most importantly look after each other.”
Mayor Richardson said the Schoolies Hub on Main Beach was a great safety net for the young adults partying over the coming weeks.
“Staffed 24 hours a day with local volunteers, the Schoolies Hub is a good starting place if you do need help. Our friendly locals haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be young and will assist wherever they can."
Mayor Richardson also went on to thank Schoolies Hub Co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi and the many volunteers who are working at the Hub over the coming weeks.
“In the true Byron Shire spirit, there are many local parents, grandparents and community supporters who will be on duty to look after the young school leavers. Thank you for your time and support of young people and caring for the town of Byron Bay,” he said.
Byron Shire Council is providing additional cleanup, extra lighting and funding for additional surf lifesaving. The approximate cost of these services is $20,000.
The Byron Bay Schoolies Safety Response Working Group work all year round in order to obtain sponsorships, donations and grants to fund all aspects of the Schoolies Hub, however they could always use extra funds to improve the safety services.
If you would like to volunteer at the Safety Hub, please contact Nicqui Yazdi by mobile phone 0402 013 177 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicqui Yazdi with Mayor Simon Richardson at the Schoolies Hub in Byron Bay
Schoolies Safety Response Group
The inter-agency group includes members from: Byron Youth Service, NSW Police (Byron Bay), Byron Liquor Accord, Byron Hospital, North Coast Area Health, Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron's Core Values, Byron Bay High School, Cape Byron Security, INTRA/ The Buttery, BUDDI, Byron United, The Red Frogs, Cringe the Binge, Holiday Letting Organisation (HLO), Byron Visitor Centre and Byron Shire Council staff.
- Respect Byron Bay both in terms of the natural beauty and the community
- Tread lightly - take only photographs - leave only footprints
- Honour this sacred place
- Be responsible about alcohol and drug consumption, beware of drink spiking
- Take care of yourself, your mates and consider others
- Know your boundaries and stick to them
- Drink lots of water and eat well
- Stick with your mates (don't go anywhere with anyone you don't know)
- Know where to go for help
- Know the rules in your accommodation place
- Be mindful not to litter
- Move between locations in a quiet manner, particularly at night
- "Chill Out", relax, enjoy and appreciate what Byron Bay has to offer
- Engage in activities available to enjoy Byron Bay and surrounding areas including walks, water activities, cycling, appreciation & scenic tours, food, air activities, horse riding, and art activities.