The Gold Coast is getting ready for an influx of school leavers, with Schoolies making a return to the glitter strip this weekend.
GC Schoolies Advisory Group Chairman Mark Reaburn told myGC they are ready for another successful year.
“Schoolies 2021 is alive and well,” he said.
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“We’ve been working for 12 months and we’ve got a covid safe plan. Our response looks at different scenarios, but will ultimately be guided by Queensland Health, if they say change things, we can change things.
“Our role is to keep the kids safe when they are here and our infrastructure is built around that.”
Mr Reaburn urged non-school leavers to steer clear of the schoolies hub in Surfers Paradise.
“Schoolies is for schoolies,” he said.
“You must be a schoolie to get a wristband, you must have a wristband to get into the hub. They’ve got to produce school ID.”
Chill Out Zone co-ordinator Angela Driscoll said schoolies will have access to plenty of support and assistance should they need it.
“We’ve got all sorts of support services staffed by some wonderful community organisations, which basically means whatever the young person needs, they can find that support,” she said.
“We’ve got recharge zones on the beach, we’ve got chill out zones, we’ve got the red frogs – anything we can think of that could go wrong, we’ve got a support service to assist them.”
For more information on Schoolies 2021, parents and school leavers are encouraged to visit: saferschoolies.qld.gov.au/resources/parents