Congratulations our Mount Isa Year 12 school graduates.
Your secondary schooling has drawn to a close and as you enter a phase of celebration, I wanted to share a few words. You are what you allow yourself to be. Even your environment cannot be made accountable for the person that you have or will become.
You will always hold the keys to improving your life. These were, these are, and these will always be your choices.
Your schooling journey is a demonstration of how personal development happens when you decide to change the way you live your life for the better. You cannot always change a situation or circumstances, but you can change your attitude towards it.
Your journey continues now. Your hardest choices will come now, and life can change in an instant. Give some thought to the choices ahead as you celebrate.
The Queensland Government site has some excellent tips and messaging for school leavers and young people in general - https://www.saferschoolies.qld.gov.au/information/schoolies
One poor decision can affect your future. If you're convicted of a criminal offence, you could have difficulty getting a job and it may even prevent you from being allowed to travel overseas in future.
You might know that it's against the law to drink alcohol under the age of 18 but did you know it's illegal to drink in public no matter what your age. It's also an offence to be drunk in a public place. These are the laws for all of Queensland - at all times.
Every year, hundreds of fines are handed out and school leavers taken in to custody and ultimately, some futures ruined. Don't become a statistic.
What are the laws in Queensland?
You must be over 18 years of age to enter a licensed venue or purchase alcohol.
It's against the law for any person to drink alcohol in a public place.
It's an offence to be drunk in a public place.
It's against the law for a person under 18 to buy alcohol.
It's an offence to supply alcohol to someone under the age of 18.
If you're under 18, you can't carry alcohol in public.
Remember, good choices make great futures.
Mount Isa Police want you to be safe and watch your mates.
Snr Sgt Renee Hanrahan