Bass Coast,

No Party Town For Bass Coast Schoolies

Schoolies is fast approaching and Bass Coast Shire Council, along with other agencies, will be sending a clear message to young people that Bass Coast is not a ‘party’ town.

Last year, up to 600 school leavers visited Phillip Island during schoolies and similar numbers are expected this year.

Council’s Community Safety Manager, Philippa O’Halloran, said planning for schoolies had been a coordinated approach with other key agencies.

“Our focus this year is to promote respect for the local environment and residents, by continuing with the ‘so much to see, so much to do! Enjoy it….Don’t spoil it!’ message,” Ms O’Halloran said.

“We recognise there will be an increase of 17 to 19 year olds in Bass Coast, particularly in Phillip Island, San Remo and Inverloch from late November to early December.

“Schoolies are urged to register online with Council prior to their arrival so we can adequately prepare and ensure they are safe during this busy period.

“All registered schoolies receive an official wristband, access to free ‘get home safely’ buses, free water and discounts to local attractions and businesses.

“Schoolies registration provides resources that assist young people to enjoy the best of what we have to offer, even if they are staying at home or in the area during schoolies”

The Red Frogs, a national volunteer organisation, will be present to offer support and safety information to school leavers and residents during the first week of Schoolies (22 to 30 November). Red Frogs assist with the shuttle bus program, foreshore rubbish collection, free pancake breakfasts and provide assistance to Vic Police and Ambulance Victoria when and if required.

“Council will send out coordinated SMS messages about responsible behaviour, safety and access to support services targeted to youth during schoolies,” Ms O’Halloran said.

Even with all this planning, problems may occur for some residents. Council encourages all residents to contact Council if they have any concerns on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or in the case of an emergency, contact Victoria Police on ‘000’.