Easily identified ... HUB volunteers Luke Karmen, Nicqui Yazdi, Tania Mattiocco and Jemma Brunell in the bright blue volunteer T-shirts.
Easily identified ... HUB volunteers Luke Karmen, Nicqui Yazdi, Tania Mattiocco and Jemma Brunell in the bright blue volunteer T-shirts.

Schoolies volunteers easy to spot

With official celebrations set to kick off late next week, Schoolies volunteers will be easy to spot at Byron Bay this year .

Wearing clearly-identifiable ocean blue ‘Volunteers – Summer Safety’ T-shirts, volunteers will be part of a Byron Schoolies Safety Response program which is getting a big helping hand from Byron Youth Service (BYS) and BUDDI-CDAT (Byron Underage Drinking & Drug Initiative).

BYS and BUDDI received a grant from the NRMA to provide a ‘Summer Safety in the Bay’ campaign.

Among other things, the NRMA funding has covered the cost of 150 T-shirts for the volunteers who will man the Schoolies HUB to be set up at Main Beach, and also volunteers for other busy times over summer, including New Year’s Eve.

In an effort to reduce the amount of disposable cups that were used at last year’s Schoolies HUB, the NRMA grant has been used to buy refillable, biodegradable water bottles on lanyards which the HUB will be selling to Schoolies.

The water bottles will also have a ‘Summer Safety in the Bay’ label on them and a packet of discount vouchers, condoms and information booklets. The bottles can be refilled at the HUB.

HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said the ‘Summer Safety in the Bay’ campaign was a crime prevention strategy, designed to minimise harm of young people during peak holiday times and to assist to protect the local community.

Ms Yazdi said HUB volunteers were still being sought for the period from November 19 to December 6.

Registration forms must be filled in and can be collected from the Byron Youth Service offices in the Youth Activities Centre (YAC), 1 Gilmore Crescent.

For more information contact Ms Yazdi on 0402013177 or email byronschooliessafetyresponse@yahoo.com.au


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