More than 6,000 school leavers are expected to celebrate the end of their formal education in Byron Bay over the Schoolies Week period which starts on 26 November 2022.
“It’s such an exciting time for these young people who are all brimming with enthusiasm about not only finishing high school, but what the future holds in store for them,” Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, said.
“My message to Schoolies is one of welcome but it’s so important that they party responsibly, don’t take risks, and look after each other,” Mayor Lyon said.
Schoolies in Byron Bay is not an organised event, rather Byron Bay just happens to be the destination that people come to.
Council has no role in planning activities or promoting Schoolies Week, with the NSW Police taking the lead on community safety.
“Our local Police are prepared for the influx of school leavers and their aim will be to make sure that everyone has a great time but in the safest possible way,” Mayor Lyon said.
Council staff work with the Police as well as other community organisations such as Red Frogs and the Byron Youth Service who will provide services during the Schoolies Week period.
Council has provided funding to the Red Frogs and Byron Youth Service to support their Schoolies Week programs.
The Red Frog volunteers will be there to talk to and support young people and the Byron Youth Service will be operating the Street Cruise program which is also aimed at reducing harm and connecting teenagers with information and services.
Much of Byron Bay’s CBD is an alcohol-free zone and Council and Police enforce these zones year-round, including during Schoolies Week.
“I still remember the incredible feeling of finishing school and I hope all the teenagers who come to Byron Bay go home with fond memories of a wonderful time,” Mayor Lyon said.
“I do ask everyone to please respect our town, our residents, businesses and our natural environment while you are here,” he said.