2 day ex­ten­sion for schoolies event

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SCHOOLIES in the Whit­sun­days will be a sev­en­day event this year, af­ter Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil voted to en­dorse an agree­ment with the PCYC and schoolies.com for an ad­di­tional two days of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Schoolies safety and ac­tiv­ity pro­gram was orig­i­nally sched­uled to take place over five days from Novem­ber 16-20, but it will now also in­cor­po­rate events on Novem­ber 21 and 22.

On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 21, schoolies who are still in the area will be able to at­tend a ‘movies at the la­goon’ event from 6-10pm and on Fri­day, Novem­ber 22 the PCYC will host a neon glow party from 8pm un­til mid­night.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said due to ac­com­mo­da­tion deals, many schoolies came to the re­gion for seven days and were pre­vi­ously left with­out struc­tured ac­tiv­i­ties for two of those days.

“The po­lice have worked very closely with the groups and there’ll be two more nightly ac­tiv­i­ties to help this,” she said. The pur­pose of Schoolies is to pro­vide safe, struc­tured ac­tiv­i­ties for the large num­bers of school leavers who come to the re­gion to cel­e­brate each year.

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