Bass Coast safe for Schoolies
Bass Coast Shire Council is been working with Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and volunteer agency, Red Frogs Australia, to ensure a safe Schoolies for all students heading to the region to celebrate.
The Bass Coast approach to Schoolies is consistent with the approach used by other destinations that Schoolies are attracted to, including the Mornington Peninsula, Lorne and Torquay.
Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said this collaborative approach is supported by Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the State Government’s Office of Youth.
“We recognise that there will be an increase of 17 to 19 year olds in Bass Coast, particularly Phillip Island, San Remo and Inverloch from late November to early December,” Mr Elder said.
“Council’s waste services have been expanded and Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria will have additional resources during the busiest period.”
Red Frogs volunteers will be prominently located on the foreshore in Cowes from Saturday, 28 November until Friday, 4 December as a resource for any Schoolies that may have a problem, are feeling unsafe or have a question to ask.
The Red Frog marquee also provides a safe place to wait for transport, friends or emergency services.
“We want these young people to have a safe and memorable Schoolies,” Mr Elder said.
Schoolies registration provides resources that assist young people to enjoy the best of what we have to offer and access to information about making better informed choices during their stay.
Council is encouraging school leavers to register online at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/schoolies.
Schoolies can also register at the Newhaven or Cowes Visitor Information Centres. To register this way, their student ID card will be needed.
Registration allows Council, police and emergency services to plan for adequate resources.
There are plenty of great offers for Schoolies who register, including discounts and freebies from generous local businesses, with the Schoolies Registration Pack also including information and special offers for local attractions, maps and bottled water.
A new initiative this year is the Red Frogs contact phone number highlighted on the official Schoolies wristband. This allows Schoolies to contact Red Frogs for support and advice even when they are not in Cowes.
Registered Schoolies will also receive regular safety messages via their mobile phones.
The Red Frogs free Get Home Safely buses will run again this year, as will their free pancake breakfasts.
Schoolies are asked to:
- plan their trip ahead of time, in particular to ensure they have accommodation arranged before they leave home
- stick with their friends and look out for each other at all times
- respect the community and environment they are visiting
- use rubbish bins and keep litter off the beaches
We encourage residents to contact Council if they have any concerns on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or in the case of an emergency contact Victoria Police on 000.