- Friday 28 December 2012
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebrations but please stay safe and look out for each other – that is the message from Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Police Service.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said council partners with a number of organisations to ensure public safety at the region’s largest celebration - New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba - which attracts over 40,000 people.
"We thank our partners Queensland Police, SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Street Angels and Queensland Ambulance Services who work tirelessly to make sure the Mooloolaba celebrations are safe and remain family-friendly," Mayor Jamieson said.
"For all of us – the safety of our community is paramount. To that end, the event precinct is fully fenced and is a drug, alcohol and glass-free space where intoxicated people will not be tolerated or permitted to enter.
"We pride ourselves on our track record of delivering safe community events with the assistance of our key partners.
"I encourage the community to enjoy their New Year’s Eve celebrations, wherever they may be, to have fun but most importantly to stay safe and look out for each other."
Queensland Police Service Inspector Darryl White said police are urging revellers to use common sense and personal safety strategies to ensure New Year’s Eve celebrations remain safe and enjoyable.
"We encourage people to plan their New Year’s Eve celebration before they head out on the night," he said.
"Things to consider include getting to and from celebrations safely by using public transport or booking a taxi.
"There will be limited parking in Mooloolaba on New Year’s Eve so I encourage people to take advantage of the free Sunbus services from Noosa, Caloundra and a special express Park 'n' Ride service from The University of the Sunshine Coast directly to the event from 4.30pm to 2am.
"For public safety, a number of road closures will take place around the vicinity of the Mooloolaba event site.
"In the case of lost children or property, an information centre, situated above the ‘loo with a view’, will operate between midday and midnight.
"Parents are encouraged to visit the information centre with their young children to obtain a wristband for them to wear and to educate them to head for the tall green and yellow council flags should they get lost.
"There will be police patrolling the precinct throughout the night.
"We want everyone to have a happy and a safe New Year’s Eve."
The family-friendly, free, New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba program boasts two stages of action-packed entertainment for the whole family to enjoy from 4pm to midnight on Monday 31 December. To ring in the New Year, two spectacular fireworks displays will take place at 8.30pm and midnight. Delicious food will be available from vendors, restaurants and cafes located on Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Pet owners in the vicinity of the event are advised that the noise of fireworks and amplified music can cause pets to become agitated. Council reminds owners to ensure pets are safe and secure for the duration of the event.
Visit council’s website for program information and event details including public transport options.