Katie Gilbar, 17, from North Rockhampton High School is making the most of her schoolies week on the coast. She plans to work until university starts next year, where she hopes to study engineering.
Katie Gilbar, 17, from North Rockhampton High School is making the most of her schoolies week on the coast. She plans to work until university starts next year, where she hopes to study engineering. So

Schoolies set to party hard

TODAY is the last day for planned Schoolies activities on the Capricorn Coast, with the finale being a party at Schoolies Central Club tonight.

Schoolies organiser Sergeant Greg Jones said the youth library in Yeppoon, verbYL in James Street, would open today from 3pm to 6pm for schoolies-only events including ping pong, Nintendo Wii games and a chill out zone.

Tonight’s party, Sergeant Jones expects, will bring all the schoolies together for one last event. It will include a mechanical bull, giveaways and a DJ playing music from 6pm.

While schoolies numbers have been down this year on previous years, Sergeant Jones said there were a number of factors including heavy promotion for the Gold Coast events and lack of places for schoolies to stay on the coast.

“Accommodation has been a big problem but we hope to sort that out for next year,” Sergeant Jones said.

While yesterday afternoon they had registered fewer than 200 schoolies, he expected there would be more registering for tonight’s party, predicting they would finish with up to 275 registrations.

Schoolies spent part of their day yesterday cooling down at the Capricorn Waterslide before suiting-up – Sumo suiting-up, that is – at a beachfront party last night.

Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay, from Yeppoon police, said the schoolies had been very well behaved with the only incident involving a youth who was hanging around on the first night of Schoolies, last Sunday.

Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay said they issued a move-on notice to a 17-year-old male from Yeppoon and when he wouldn’t leave he wrestled with police.

He has been charged with disobeying a move-on direction and obstructing police.

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