Members of the Red Frogs volunteer group are on standby in case any schoolies events go ahead this year. Victorian Red Frogs co-ordinator Mark Gellie told Breaking News that his organisation, which provides support and care for schoolies during annual end-of-school celebrations, would follow the advice of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.
“We will not have a Red Frogs team on location at the Peninsula this year, but we do have our amazing volunteer Red Frogs team available if things change and we are required by the local council to assist a schoolies response,” Mr Gellie said.
Breaking News reported last week that the council and Victoria Police had issued a blunt message to schoolies to stay away from the Peninsula this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The council said there would be no Schoolies Safe Space at Rye Foreshore, bringing the Peninsula into line with other popular schoolies destinations such as Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
Shire CEO John Baker said: “We urge all school leavers to stay safe this summer and look for creative ways to engage in schoolies activities that will limit the risk of transmitting the virus. It’s just not worth the risk of travelling down here. Look at options in your local area, stay safe and celebrate at home.”
The latest DHHS figures show the Peninsula has no active COVID-19 cases, while Frankston City has one active case and no new cases in the past 24 hours.
Mr Gellie urged any school leavers in areas where celebrations were permitted to observe the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable time:
• Know the current guidelines – as government restrictions are easing, the latest advice is changing. Check the DHHS website for updated public health advice;
• Respect the community you’re visiting – whether a beachside town or a local venue, don’t leave your manners at home; and,
• Look out for your mates – it’s been a tough year, but one way ensure a good time is by looking out for each other. This could be making sure everyone gets home safely or checking in on someone who is feeling a bit flat.
For more information, visit the Red Frogs website or call the hotline on 1300 557 123.