Gold Coasters and visiting tourists are being urged to act responsibly during New Year’s Eve festivities tonight.
All available Police resources will be deployed across the city, targeting the consumption of alcohol in public places as well as anti-social behaviour.
External resources from the Helicopter Support Unit, Water Police, Road Policing Command and Logan District will also be on hand for local Police, ensuring a high-visibility presence.
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Gold Coast District Major Events Group Inspector Gavin Peachey says there will be significant police numbers out and about tonight, all focused on public safety.
“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”.
Inspector Peachey is also urging the public to take advantage of public transport and plan their trip, as there are plenty of delays expected as well as road closures (listed below).
“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. Motorists are advised to remain patient or avoid these areas if possible”.
New Year’s Eve Road Closures
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.