Week one of schoolies has wrapped up, with authorities reporting less arrests and hospitalisations than previous years, along with a bizarre new trend.
The Safer Schoolies response has been working hard all week, to ensure all party-goers were kept safe and had a great time in Surfers Paradise.
This morning, they’re proud to announce it’s been a hugely successful week once again, crediting smaller crowds and better education for the good statistics.
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Just over 15,500 school leavers descended on the Glitter Strip this past week, down approximately 27 percent on last year’s figures.
Chairman of Safer Schoolies Mark Reaburn says they’ve also identified a peculiar new trend sweeping through this year’s graduates.
“Proud to say the mullet is coming back!
“The mullet was appearing on quite a number of boys.
“We monitor the social media and the mullet is back… so welcome to schoolies 2019.
“Will it progress to 2020? We’ll wait and see,” Mr Reaburn said.
On a more serious note though, arrest and hospitalisation numbers have dropped considerably this year.
460 schoolies patients were treated by paramedics, with just under 10 percent transported to hospital.
Justin Payne from Queensland Ambulance says the emergency treatment centre was a success.
“The patients that we saw through the emergency treatment centre were actually extremely polite and well behaved.
“It was one of the better years as a response within our tent.
“We had no issues will school leavers being aggressive or outlandish to paramedics.
“So from our perspective, it was really well received, and great to treat young people in their environment and avoid going to hospital,” Mr Payne said.
A very similar report from police who only arrested 42 schoolies over the week – mostly for cannabis possession – around half that of last year’s group.
Chief Superintendent Craig Hanlon from Queensland Police said it was a very, very good schoolies year.
“There’s always going to be a very small group that’s going to come to the attention of police… we’ve dealt with them, and we’ve all moved on.
“The key from a police perspective and security perspective – is that there’ve been no acts of violence reported to us by schoolies.
“There’ve been some people who’ve made some mistakes in how they’re managed themselves, but they’re on the lower scale of offending,” Chief Superintendent Hanlon said.