Noosa's Main Beach closed and nippers cancelled amid clean-up after schoolies gathering - ABC News

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Noosa Council has closed part of Main Beach to clean up rubbish and broken glass left over from a schoolies gathering overnight.

In a statement on social media the council said surf lifesavers managed to open a small area for beach goers.

"Our staff are working hard to clear the rubbish and hope to have Main Beach open later," the council said.

A beach cordoned off with yellow and black tape
Parts of Noosa's main beach were closed this morning as Noosa Council cleaned up.(Supplied: Noosa Council)

It thanked the workers who had spent their Sunday helping to "meticulously" clean the beach so it could be reopened.

Local Penni Jane said council worked quickly.

"I was there from about 6:30am and there was really no sign of mess from the event last night," she said.

"The only difference to any other morning was the cordoned off area still being swept up."

A big crowd of young people on a packed beach at night
A huge crowd of schoolies were partying on the beach last night.(Supplied: Wendy Coleman)

Noosa Nippers cancel program

Noosa Nippers announced on Facebook it had cancelled today's lesson.

One parent, who did not want to be named, received a text message from organisers at 5:30am, alerting them that the decision was due the broken glass.

"We totally support school leavers celebrating their end of high school, however it's a shame it's to the detriment of the natural environment which Noosa is internationally renowned for due to its Biosphere Reserve status," they told ABC.

Glass bottles and rubbish strewn on a beach at sunrise
Glass bottles and rubbish were left strewn on Main Beach.(Supplied: Noosa Council)

"It's also a shame for the Noosa Heads Little Nippers whose weekly anticipated training morning had to be cancelled due to glass strewn across the beach. Little Nippers are encouraged to collect rubbish at the end of each Sunday training to help keep the beach clean and marine life safe.

"They're taught to pride themselves on protecting the environment. It's a shame having to explain to a six-year-old that there are unfortunately older kids who don't respect the environment like they do, and that's why their much anticipated fun morning at Little Nippers had to be cancelled today.

"My daughter is mostly worried that litter has entered the water and might harm the precious marine life."

Main Beach reopened at 11:00am.

A tractor driving on the sand cleaning the beach with a trailer
Noosa Council spent the morning removing glass from the beach.(Supplied: Penni Jane)

Emergency treatment centres 'prepared and ready'

Thirty-five people were treated overnight at emergency treatment centres set up at Surfers Paradise and Noosa for Schoolies celebrations.

Eight were transported to hospital, but they were not all school leavers.

"We had a range of patients from the age of 16 up to 40 with varying degrees of injuries," QAS senior operations supervisor Grace Elliott said.

The treatment centres, staffed by doctors, nurses and paramedics, are open each night from 7:00pm to about 2:00am.

"I think it's still very early days  as we know this year is very different from previous years," Ms Elliot said.

"What we can say is that we are prepared and ready.

"Certainly from the patients we saw in the tent last night and the paramedics that were out and about, everyone appeared to be well behaved, as they are most years."

The centres will operate on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts until 3:00am Saturday, November 28.

There will be increased staffing at ambulance stations to cater for interstate school leavers next week.

Holiday destinations like Noosa became unofficial schoolies hubs when official celebrations on the Gold Coast were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Noosa alone is expected to host 5,000 school leavers for the week.

Sunshine Coast police previously said specialist units from Brisbane, such as police on horseback, had been called in to help with the police response.

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