November 23rd 2005
600 Schoolies party Magnetic
It's party, party, party, this week on Magnetic Island as Schoolies' Week hits full stride with over 600 schoolies roaming the Island in search of fun and more fun.
And it seems the word about Magnetic is spreading among schoolies far and wide. Atherton High's schoolies all came to Magnetic and there were schoolies from Innisfail, Ayr, the Gold Coast and even from Penrith outside of Sydney.
So far the only problems reported to police have been some noise complaints from locals who have found the laughing and calling out in the streets late at night less than conducive to a good night's sleep.
There are however few complaints from Island businesses, as the impact of Schoolies' Week on the Island economy is nothing short of a windfall, with each schoolie thought to spend several hundred dollars each during their stay. Business usually suffers from a downturn in trade at this time of year as the main tourist season evaporates with the increasing summer heat.
So far over 600 schoolies have registered for their schoolies' passes - which give them access to all the schoolies' events - but organisers expect the final number, with schoolies coming and going from the Island, to be about 700 for the week.
Ironically, Magnetic Times has learned that only three Island resident Schoolies have stayed on Magnetic for the event. Clearly most Island schoolies believe change must be part of their holiday.
Between 8 and 10 extra police including police liaison, some extra crews from Ingham and Charters Towers plus Water Police have been assigned to be on duty on Magnetic during Schoolies' Week. But their workload, so far, has not been stretched it seems. Magnetic Island Police Sargent Kerry Kraut was very happy with the schoolies' behaviour. "There have only been a couple of noise complaints but it's hard to act against people laughing and talking loudly on the street" he said.
Only one liquor infringement notice had been served and, so far, there have been no reports of damage caused by schoolies.
For a run-down on Schoolies activities for the rest of the week (click here).