Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Schoolies: The Best/worst Is Still to Come for Byron

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Schoolies: The Best/worst Is Still to Come for Byron

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Byline: SAMANTHA TURNBULL sam.turnbull@northernstar.com.au

IF Byron Bay locals thought the spare tables at the Beach Hotel and parking spaces in town were a sign they had escaped Schoolies Week bedlam, they had better think again.

The week officially began last Saturday, but it actually spans three weekends and the busiest of these begin tomorrow.

Byron Bay business operators have reported a slower than expected week so far, but believe the next fortnight will pick up.

"It's a bit quieter, but it's also been more orderly, which is nice," Byron United president Ed Ahern said.

Byron Bay Taxis manager Terry Pitt, who also runs shuttle buses to town from the Gold Coast and Ballina airports, said last Saturday was particularly slow.

"Compared with the prior year, business was down 30 per cent," he said.

"We're over-provided for at the moment.

"But I've heard the Gold Coast is down as well."

Byron Bay Schoolies Hub co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said the town might seem quiet during the day, but come midnight it was a different story. …

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