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Schoolies celebrations start on Gold Coast

AAP logoAAP 19/11/2016 Darren Cartwright

Queensland Police have been happy with the start of Schoolies week, with thousands of year 12 students hitting the Gold Coast.

Seven Schoolies were arrested overnight on minor charges, including public nuisance and drug possession.

Police also arrested 19 non-Schoolies on public nuisance and good order offences.

The main entertainment precinct at Surfers Paradise, known as The Hub, was party central on Saturday night for the end of high school celebrations.

Gold Coast Schoolies Community Safety Response chairman Mark Reaburn says up to 25,000 students will visit the area this year with mainly Queenslanders arriving in week one.

The annual event, once a flashpoint for violence and anti-social behaviour, has a strong police presence.

Students have been warned of the consequences of any bad behaviour and also the long-term consequences of impulsive nude selfie poses.

Targeted police patrols, monitoring of city cameras and early intervention strategies are key to the policing strategy for the schoolies response.

Drug detection dogs will also be utilised throughout the response with drugs being a major focus for police.

As many as 1100 volunteers from various community organisations will provide assistance to revellers, including representatives of youth outreach group Red Frogs as well as on-site medical treatment centres.

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