More than 18,000 Schoolies set to descend on the Gold Coast this weekend

The Gold Coast is about to be invaded with thousands of graduates, with schoolies celebrations officially kicking off in Surfers Paradise tomorrow.

One of the main areas of concerns for authorities is balcony hopping, with school leavers being warned against the dangerous and potentially deadly stunt.

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins told reporters at a press conference on Friday morning that teenagers need to think of the consequences of their actions.


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“Don’t jump between balconies. I don’t want my people having to deliver death messages,” Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said.

“I want school leavers to go home to their families.”

The warning comes just days after a 22-year-old man fell to his death from the balcony of a high-rise in Surfers Paradise.

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer also urged those heading off to Schoolies to celebrate safely.

“The most important thing for every school leaver to remember while you’re celebrating is to Be Safe and Watch Your Mates,” Ms Farmer said.

About 25,000 Year 12 students have taken part in special Schoolies education sessions, aimed at helping them make informed decisions when it comes to their end of year celebrations.

“So go out there, have a great time and make some fantastic memories, but most importantly please keep yourself safe and always watch out for your friends,” she said.

The Safer Schoolies education program covered a wide range of topics including risks associated with drugs and alcohol, welfare and emotional health, social media and privacy, sexual health and consent, as well as tips and information about accommodation responsibilities.

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