News

Time to celebrate

BEACH BABES: Soaking up the sun at Main Beach on Monday are Sydney girls (from left) Sabrina Laianca, Angelica Deluca, Roberta Pecoraro, Jessica Restrepo and Stephanie Di Coio.
BEACH BABES: Soaking up the sun at Main Beach on Monday are Sydney girls (from left) Sabrina Laianca, Angelica Deluca, Roberta Pecoraro, Jessica Restrepo and Stephanie Di Coio. Jann Burmester

A PICTURE perfect day in Byron Bay on Monday saw hordes of schoolies soaking up the sun and atmosphere at Main Beach.

A Red Bull van pumped music from the carpark at the Schoolies Hub.

The hub was in full swing and everyone was in a festive mood.

Among the groups celebrating the end of their school year were 18 teenage girls and boys from Sydney.

Eighteen-year-old Angelica Deluca said the group had chosen Byron Bay for Schoolies because of the great beaches, great food and nice people.

"Oh and we also want to visit Nimbin," one of the boys said.

Angelica said the group had gone out to Cheeky Monkeys and the Beach Hotel and had a great time.

"We feel safe here, there's no problems on the streets," she said.

"It's all calm and friendly."

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson's key message to Schoolies was "Have a great Byron holiday but please look after each other".

"Let your hair down and enjoy our magnificent shire, but be responsible for yourself and friends and be respectful to the town," he said.

"It can be tempting to go overboard, but it's just not worth the risk of harm to yourself or anyone else."

Cr Richardson said the hub at Main Beach was a great safety net for young adults.

"Staffed 24 hours a day with volunteers, the hub is a good starting place if you do need help," he said.

Police also urged schoolies to celebrate safely.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander Detective Superintendent Stuart Wilkins urged school leavers to make good decisions and look after each other.

"We are also reminding schoolies to think before they drink," he said.

"Alcohol impairs your judgment and leads to poor decision making, so know your limits."

Topics:  schoolies week



Will backpacker tax lead to dodgy hiring practices?

184338 Big strawberries  are being picked and packed at Koogie Downs, Chevallum this year. Pickers make their way along the rows of berries.Photo by Nicholas Falconer

Is the backpacker tax likely to pressure farmers?

Drive away from Mother Nature's in a new car

IN IT TO WIN IT: Mother Nature's Rob Foster wants someone to win a car in today's lucky shopper key draw.

Mother Nature's has a big reward for its customers

Jetty stages to be the jewel in Rally Australia crown

MIXING IT UP: The 2016 Kennards Hire Rally Australia will involve stunning forest road stages as well as Super Special Stages along Jordan Esplanade to Gallows Beach and back.

Features of Jetty Harbour stages of Rally Australia revealed

Latest deals and offers

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m