Council wants help with Schoolies

Byron Shire Council will establish an inter-agency and community representative focus group to develop policies to manage Schoolies Week.
It will also explore cost-sharing opportunities to effectively manage the event and its impact on council operations, public safety and amenity.
Last year the Schoolies clean-up cost council $13,674 which came from the parks maintenance budget and for which the council says there was no budget.
A report to last week’s strategic planning committee meeting said that while there was no specific organiser of Schoolies Week at Byron Bay, the council had a duty of care to maintain areas under its control.
It said there was a high level of public expectation that the council would take a leading role in managing the issue.
The report said it was common for large groups of partying Schoolies to gather on Main Beach and in Apex Park late at night, or early in the morning, with the widespread use of glass containers creating public safety issues.

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