Drunken teens mar tranquillity
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
NEW Year's Eve turned into a nightmarish evening for Harold Turnbull and other campers on Curtis Island.
An estimated 200 drunken teenagers converged on the camping grounds to party in the new year.
Mr Turnbull said the teenagers were loaded up with eskies of alcohol and pretty drunk by the time they arrived at the camping grounds.
"Some of the kids were as young as 15,'' he said.
"They were throwing cans and bottles around the place and be- having in a generally obnoxious manner to other campers.''
Police were called to the island twice during the night following complaints about the teenagers behaviour.
Alan Smith from Capricorn Lodge on the island said he couldn't believe the bad behav- iour of the teenagers.
"I don't have a problem with kids having fun, after all it was New Year's Eve.
"But they refused to clean up their mess and it took other campers several hours to get the grounds back to normal. "That is not on.''
Mr Turnbull agreed.
"I asked the kids to clean up their mess but all I got was rude language and grunts for replies.
"I think council should look at putting in place some sort of charge for unaccompanied kids camping on the island to deter this sort of behaviour,'' he said.