Celebrate responsibly this Schoolies week
Published Saturday, 19 November, 2022 at 10:30 AM
Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan
Police Minister Mark Ryan urges young people to take care, stay vigilant and watch out for each other this Schoolies Celebration, as the Queensland Police Service increases boots on the ground to keep school leavers safe.
Approximately 20,000 school leavers are expected to hit the Gold Coast for the first week of celebrations, as the safety of young people and the local community remains the highest priority for police.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said it was important everyone felt safe, as he offered his best to the new graduates.
“Graduating school is a momentous occasion, and celebrating at Schoolies has become a rite of passage for many,” Minister Ryan said.
“It is imperative, however, that young people celebrate responsibly, and importantly, that they know who to contact for help.
“I urge all young people to look out for their mates, stick together, and check in on one another. Take note of your surroundings and take care while on high-rise balconies.
“Charge your phones, plan ahead and check in with your loved ones back home.
“And remember - no one likes a ‘Toolie’. Leave this week to the young people who have worked hard and deserve to celebrate their accomplishments responsibly.”
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there would be an increased police presence on the Gold Coast this week.
“The police are here to keep everyone safe,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“I would encourage young people to strike up conversations with the crews at Schoolies this week.
“We are here to support school-leavers, and would encourage them to visit the integrated health and wellbeing space if they require any emergency medical services and assistance, including access to specialist mental health support.
“Congratulations to all high-school graduates. Please celebrate responsibly and enjoy all the week has to offer.”
Police will conduct random wanding for concealed weapons within the Safe Night Precinct, while governing bodies will conduct venue checks for underage and fake IDs.
School leavers are encouraged to visit Recharge Zones located within the Schoolies Hub and along the Esplanade if in need of water or assistance.
Further information, advice, everyday tips and resources for school leavers and parents/guardians can be found on the Safer Schoolies website: www.saferschoolies.qld.gov.au or via the social media platforms @SchooliesGC on Instagram and Facebook.
Elise Williams: 0482 503 675
Police Media: 3015 2444