Should Schoolies be held in Bundaberg?
Should Schoolies be held in Bundaberg? Contributed.

Schoolies in Bundaberg?

A BUNDABERG mum is calling for more Schoolies' Week activities to be held locally, in an effort to reduce students' accommodation costs - and parental stress.

Students have also supported the idea, with many saying they were not Gold Coast-bound this year.

Ros Kemp said after seeing the “scary” images of schoolies on television she had started talking with her daughter, who is in Year 11, about her school leaving celebrations.

“Students have to start thinking about the options and it wound not hurt for the council to look at possibly having some events here,” she said.

Mrs Kemp said concerts or beach activities could easily be organised.

Bundaberg State High School Year 11 students Tamara Obst and Chloe Swanson, who are saving up for their Schoolies' Week trip next year to Cape Island, near Rockhampton, thought local events were a good idea.

“The money thing has been a problem and having things here would help,” Tamara said.

Year 12 student Renee Dewhurst said she and her friends had planned their Schoolies at Hervey Bay.

“Things in Bundaberg would be good but we also want to do something we would not normally do,” she said.

Bundaberg Regional Council youth development officer Andrea Bax said running Schoolies-type activities in the region was not something they had considered at this stage.

“We would need to look at what the need is, who is going to operate and the community needs to be behind it,” she said.

The Gladstone PCYC has organised schoolies activities in Agnes Water during the last week of November.

Bundaberg PCYC manager Sergeant Robert Smith will be attending the event and said Bundaberg school leavers had previously made the trip.

“They have band nights, a lot of activities at night and sporting activities during the day. It is well supervised,” he said.

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