Coast calm but on alert

THE Capricorn Coast may be entering the calm before the schoolies storm, police forecast yesterday.

Rockhampton and Yeppoon police both reported no problems from schoolies revellers over the weekend.

Yeppoon Sergeant Neil Shillington said while schoolies were tame on Friday and Saturday nights he expected that to change.

Capricorn Coast Schoolies Week Committee event organiser Sergeant Greg Jones said Schoolies Week officially started yesterday and he had noticed more people lobbing into town.

Sergeant Jones said the committee was this year trialling a new approach, encouraging schoolies to the one location.

He said The Coast Nightclub would be open to schoolies each night until Thursday, with bands, DJs, activites and giveaways.

"The idea of having it at the nightclub was to centralise so it's safer and easier to control.''

Sergeant Jones said local teaching staff had also volunteered their time to ensure celebrations went smoothly and to pick out gatecrashers who were not graduates.

He reminded school leavers to bring along their Year 12 school photographic identifications to register with the committee for a free schoolies pass.

The pass gives people free bus rides and free nightclub entry.

Passes can be obtained from 2pm at the schoolies tent on Yeppoon Main Beach every day.

A Great Keppel Island day trip has been organised for tomorrow and free rides will be operating on the Yeppoon beachfront every day from 2pm to 5pm.

Visit www.schooliesweek.com.au for more information about Schoolies Week.



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