Byron Bay schoolies get good report card
MORGAN DAVIES, 18, and Alana Roscoe, 17, came to Byron Bay for a quiet schoolies celebration - and that is exactly what they've had.
The high school graduates from Wollongong agreed with police reports that Byron Bay's schoolies experience had been low-key so far.
“It's so chilled out here,” Alana said after a weekend of partying in local nightclubs by night and lazing on the beach by day.
“There are four of us from school here together,” Morgan said.
“We always look out for each other when we are out at night and each of us makes sure we have a mobile phone on us so we can find each other if we get split up.”
There was 'nothing unusual' about the weekend's schoolies celebrations at Byron Bay said the town's police duty officer, Inspector Owen King.
“We had a good weekend and we had additional police on duty, specifically for schoolies, so that helped,” Insp King said.
While ambulances attended six alcohol-related schoolie incidents in the town from Friday night to Monday morning, that was 'no more than usual for this time of year', according to the Byron Bay Ambulance Station manager, Don Heart.
Mr Heart said that he had been impressed with the care taken by schoolies in looking after their friends who had drunk too much, saying that the afflicted were placed in the recovery position before an ambulance arrived.
In Ballina, however, police reported a brawl on Saturday night involving 30 to 40 youth.
Numerous police vehicles were called to the fight shortly after midnight on Saturday and a man, 19, was arrested for offensive behaviour.
As schoolies celebrations continue, police have reminded young people to take care as they party, especially young women.
“There are some persons who view the presence of schoolies as an opportunity to engage in predatory behaviour,” Tweed/Byron crime prevention officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said.
“Police urge schoolies, particularly young females, to be smart about the way they celebrate.”
The police advised schoolies to never accept drinks from strangers, buddy-up with friends, and pace themselves while drinking.