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Frustration over long wait times for School Leavers

Gareth Parker
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WA School Leavers has kicked off however many people are frustrated with how long kids have to wait in lines to get a wristband.

The wristband allows kids to gain access to all the Leavers events.

Tara, 2021 School Leaver, told Gareth Parker she in annoyed.

“The lines are massive, there are tonnes of people, yesterday they were turning away people because the lines were too big,” she said.

“We decided to come today to get a wristband.

“There is no food or water, people are really tired, sleeping, people are really frustrated.”

Tara and her friends have been in line in Busselton since 4:30 am.

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Joe, Leavers parent, told Gareth Parker it is ridiculous.

“My daughter is first in queue (in Busselton), 4 am they got there,” he said.

“She just sent me a photo 10 minutes ago and there must be a thousand kids… it is ridiculous.

“They don’t open the wrist band place until 9 am.

“Why aren’t you distributing these things so these kids can go out and do stuff, instead of sucking up half the day for nothing.”

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Grant Henley, Mayor of City of Busselton, told Gareth Parker that he has never seen so many 17 and 18 year olds up at 6 am in the morning.

“Unfortunately quite a fair bit of it (today) will be standing next to a queue several hundred metres long of young people,” he said.

“There weren’t a lot of car parks left at 6 am when I got down here … and a lot of people are still getting dropped off and jumping on the end of the queue.

“I will raise it with some of the organisers this morning and see what can be done, I have volunteered on one of these booths in previous years and if we do need to put out a shout out for additional volunteers to come and help and perhaps we can do it as a community and help these kids enjoy their Leavers week and not make them spend hours queuing up.”

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Image: Supplied by Tara 

 

 

Gareth Parker
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