Plea to leavers
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.