Weather won't put schoolies party time on ice
BAD weather didn't rain on the parade of schoolies who flocked to Byron Bay to celebrate the end of Year 12.
As hundreds of school leavers descended onto the sleepy coastal town on Saturday to an onslaught of rain, lightning and hail, the consecutive days of storms appear only to have dampened the mood of some school leavers.
According to Byron Shire Council, over the next four weeks approximately 10,000 new graduates will flock to Byron Bay.
And, despite the evident lack of schoolies embracing the atmosphere on the streets of Byron on Monday night, those that were there out and about in the rain were determined not to let the weather get them down.
As Monday afternoon's storm came to a close, 17-year-old Adrian Ruggiero, who had travelled all the way from Sydney, emerged from the waters at Main Beach after having a swim.
It was Adrian's first time to Byron Bay and he was determined to enjoy all the sites the Bay had to offer, even if it meant swimming just metres from lightning.
"Despite the rain it's been okay," Adrian said.
"We've still been swimming and having a good time and we've still got a big night of drinking ahead."
And by the time 9:30pm rolled around, there were plenty of schoolies drinking and partying at Red Frogs event at the Schoolies Hub near Main Beach with Adrian and his mates.
Raffaella Neice who had just turned 18 said she had already drunk "about nine" standard drinks by 10pm.
"It's so good knowing I don't have to study and I can just party and have fun," she said as she got back to dancing with a group of 12 other girls.
While there was a significant amount of drinking going on, Schoolies Hub volunteer Paul Tishler said most of the kids had been well behaved.
"This isn't the big week for schoolies, but we've only had very few incidents so far," Mr Tishler said.
"Just a few kids coming in to get first aid who are really cold."
He also noted the kids who come to party in Byron Bay often were looking to hang around, have fun and "dance the night away" rather than drink heavily.
However, the Schoolies Hub itself has not been without incident in the first few days of schoolies, with coordinator Nicqui Yazdi saying Saturday night's hail storm had damaged part of their marquee.
Tweed-Byron local area police command reiterated the sentiments of those at the Schoolies Hub, with police reporting there had been no major incidents over the last few days.