There’s just two more sleeps until the biggest party night of the year, with tens of thousands of people expected to line the streets of the Gold Coast as they ring in the new year.
Queensland Police have revealed that “all available resources” will be deployed to ensure the festivities on the coast are not “adversely affected by incidents of public disorder or antisocial behaviour.”
It’s understood officers will be targeting the consumption of liquor in public places and any antisocial behaviour across the Gold Coast in parks, roads and other areas including bus stops, tram stops and car parks.
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External resources from the Helicopter Support Unit, Water Police, Road Policing Command and Logan District have also been called in to support local police during the two day celebrations on Monday December 31, and Tuesday January 1.
Gold Coast District Major Events Group Inspector Gavin Peachey said New Year’s Eve patrols will be focusing on public safety to ensure that “everyone has the opportunity to enjoy their celebrations and then travel home safely”.
“Police will implement pre-planned strategies including early intervention that will assist in reducing the incidents of anti-social behaviour over the New Year’s Eve celebration and New Year’s Day public holiday”.
He urged Gold Coasters to make the most of public transport and to plan their trip ahead to avoid congestion around road closures.
“There is a likelihood of significant traffic delays in and around Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Runaway Bay and other locations that offer vantage points to fireworks displays,” he said.
“Motorists are advised to remain patient or avoid these areas if possible”.
Cavill Avenue, Orchid Avenue and The Esplanade will be closed from 8pm to 4am – there will also be intermittent road closures around 8pm and Midnight around the GLINK platforms and CBD to ensure that patrons leaving the fireworks can do so safely.
Old Burleigh Road will be closed between Albert and Charles Avenue between 6pm to 2am.
The Esplanade (Paradise Point) between Falkinder Avenue and Bruce Avenue from 4pm to Midnight.