Schoolies rep battered
By RACHEL AFFLICK
SYDNEY teen Robbie Diamond hates to think the bad behaviour of a few schoolies is giving her friends a bad name.
Robbie, 18, came to Byron Bay with a group of Sydney friends to unwind and celebrate the end of Year 12.
She yesterday admitted while she respected the town, it was clear some of the schoolies did not.
Piles of rubbish, broken bottles and broken glass are being left in Apex Park, at Byron Bay's Main Beach, every night from underage schoolies who gather there to drink.
D'Arcy Blaxell, 18, of Sydney said he went to the park at night because it was good place to meet up with other schoolies.
D'Arcy said although it was a mostly a well-behaved gathering, one of his friends had been hospitalised after a couple of youths picked a fight with him.
"They beat the crap out of him," D'Arcy said.
"I've heard some other stuff about people trashing places just because they can. I don't get involved with that kind of thing. I think if they're going to do it they're going to get caught and fined for it."
Byron Bay Police Inspector Owen King said police were working through the night to target schoolies who were doing the wrong thing.
He said with the great number of kids who were gathering in the park, it was difficult to put a lid on it altogether.
Inspector King said there were no increases in reported assaults over the schoolies period, but a large number of the teens had been fined for alcohol-related offences.
He said over 100 false IDs had also been seized.
"Noise has been a problem. We've had a large increase in noise complaints at residences where schoolies are staying," Inspector King said.
"We've been required to evict schoolies at a couple of premises."
Byron United President Ed Ahern said he would like to see a code of conduct issued to all schoolies so they were clear on what was unacceptable behaviour in the town.