THE Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) will keep its 1200 school leavers busy with healthy activities this month to reduce the alcohol and drug-induced incidents that have plagued celebrations in the past.
Events and conference co-ordinator Bronwyn Pearson is organising her fourth Leavers Week from November 26 to 28 and said she was proud of how the team had turned the annual rite of passage into a safe event.
“We have created a unique Rottnest Leavers that is in line with the Rottnest ethos,” Ms Pearson said.
“By having healthy activities and recreation, I have seen it improve each year and the statistics show that the number of serious incidences each year have gone down.”
Rottnest police Sergeant Peter Bahen said while police would take a “no tolerance” approach to drinking during Leavers they were aware some would be drinking, so their main concern was ensuring the teenagers were safe.
Sgt Bahen said people should buddy up and if their friend drank too much, not to be afraid to ask for help.
The RIA has included the price of an Office of Crime Prevention official leavers wristband in its accommodation package, except for those staying at Hotel Rottnest, the Rottnest Lodge or on boats, who can buy them for $100 on the island.
Wristbands will entitle leavers to free activities such as Surfing WA lessons, charters on Capella Charpter 1, a 12.5m sailing catamaran, snorkelling and entry to the Aqua and Rottnest Fun parks.
There will be a DJ and live music in the entertainment area and free sausage sizzles.
Leavers will receive $20 in Rotto Money to spend at participating shops.
Leavers WA project manager Lisa Clack said that in the past a lack of structured venues and activities had led to boredom and an increase in anti-social behaviour at Leavers hotspots.
However, Ms Clack said the introduction of Entertainment Zones at Rottnest and Dunsborough had led to a decrease in anti-social behaviour.