With Schoolies 2018 all wrapped up, Mayor Tom is confident the Gold Coast is still the best location for school leavers.
This year’s celebrations were marred by the death of 18-year-old Sydney teenager Hamish Bidgood who fell from a balcony.
In recent days, Newscorp has also reported that a girl from an exclusive school claims to have been sexually assaulted in a hotel room during the first week of the event.
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Emergency services have commented on the behaviour of this year’s school leavers saying there have been substantially fewer arrests.
Cr Tate believes Schoolies on the Gold Coast is a much safer option than the school leavers heading overseas.
“I’d rather have Queensland kids here, we’ll make sure they’re safe and that they’re entertained,” he said.
“And so, hopefully, when nighttime comes they go to sleep.”