Plea to leavers

Melville Times - - Front Page - Belinda Cipri­ano

LEAVERS have been urged to stay safe and be­have re­spon­si­bly dur­ing the an­nual end-of-school rite of pas­sage, rather then waste it by “get­ting smashed” at their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

About 8000 leavers will flock to hot spots such as Rot­tnest, Bus­sel­ton and Duns­bor­ough next week to cel­e­brate their fin­ish to sec­ondary school.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts joined po­lice and com­mu­nity groups in Fre­man­tle re­cently to launch this year’s Leavers Strat­egy.

It in­volved 12 months of plan­ning be­tween gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment agen­cies and was cre­ated to en­sure grad­u­ates are sup­ported with ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment. It in­cludes des­ig­nated leavers en­ter­tain­ment zones in Duns­bor­ough and Rot­tnest, pro­vid­ing rev­ellers with a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

A num­ber of videos have also been posted on the Leavers WA 2017 Face­book page en­cour­ag­ing re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing one with the mes­sage: Don’t waste your Leavers by get­ting smashed at your ac­com­mo­da­tion. Sup­port ser­vices will have loads to do through­out each day of Leavers.

Ms Roberts con­grat­u­lated stu­dents for work­ing hard, say­ing it was now time to un­wind, re­lax and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments.

“Po­lice, along with hun­dreds of vol­un­teers are work­ing hard to pro­vide a safe and pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, but we want you to look af­ter your­selves and your friends, be re­spect­ful and be­have ap­pro­pri­ately,” she said. “I en­cour­age par­ents to have a talk with their chil­dren and en­cour­age them to stay safe and keep an eye on their friends.

“I also want to re­mind peo­ple to be safe on the roads. Don’t drink and drive, please slow down, drive to the con­di­tions and don’t get dis­tracted.”

Ad­di­tional po­lice will be sent to Rot­tnest and the South-West.

Leavers cel­e­bra­tions will be held from next Mon­day to Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23. For in­for­ma­tion visit www. leaver­swa.com.au or down­load the app.

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