Sunshine Coast emergency services have sent a message to schoolies to stay safe and sensible as they arrive on the Coast for their end of year celebrations.
For the first time an unprecedented number of school leavers from across the state have bypassed the Gold Coast and instead chosen to set up camp on the Sunshine Coast.
Extra police will be “out in force” targeting anti-social activity and offences such as drink driving and drug possession to ensure school leavers enjoy their visit and celebrate safely.
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“We encourage school leavers to look out for one another and not let their mates engage in risk-taking behaviour,” acting district officer Superintendent Jason Overland said.
Police will also be monitoring any large gatherings in town or on beaches which may not be compliant with COVID-19 restrictions.
“We understand Noosa North Shore will be a popular destination so officers will be stationed at the barge conducting compliance checks and making sure permits are in order,” Superintendent Overland said.
Noosa Ambulance Station officer-in-charge Annette Morris was hopeful their increased crews would cater for the increase of young people across the Coast.
She reminded schoolies to stay safe and if they did get into any trouble with drugs or alcohol, paramedics were there to assist.
“We are not here to judge, we just want everyone to stay safe,” she said.
Wildlife Rangers are expecting a busy week on Teewah Beach with all 1500 campsites booked for the week.
They will be performing day and night shifts alongside police to contain fires and perform permit and driving checks.
“We are mindful as are police that public areas are safe and don’t impact on the environment,” Department of Environment and Science compliance manager Michael Devery said.
More than 5000 schoolies are expected to be on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa for a week from Friday.
There are no organised schoolies events in line with the Queensland Government’s advice.
However Tourism Noosa have advised school leavers of things to do and where to go while they are in the region.