Police ‘pleased’ with New Year’s behaviour on the Gold Coast

Police have praised the behaviour of New Year’s revellers on the Gold Coast with officers reporting ‘very few incidents’ overnight.

Despite plenty of people venturing out, it was a much more low-key affair across the city than usual.

The tourist hotspot of Surfers Paradise was still fairly busy despite the cancellation of the major fireworks display.


The only major incident reported overnight was a stabbing outside a pub in Nerang.

Three men were threatened by a man in the car park of the Commercial Hotel around 3am before one was stabbed in the stomach.

He was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Read more: Man rushed to hospital after stabbing outside Nerang pub

Police report the majority of incidents they attended were minor and mostly related to alcohol and anti-social behaviour.

Just five people have been charged including one for drunk and disorderly, one for public nuisance, one for stealing and two for drug possession.

Officers handed out 11 notices for public nuisance and one for a liquor infringement.

Banning notices were also given to 11 people.

One person was caught drink-driving while just three traffic infringements were issued.

Licensed premises were also given the all clear.

Officers visited 44 venues across the city last night with none found to be breaching any COVID rules.

Queensland Ambulance Senior Operations Supervisor Grace Elliot says paramedics were also kept busy dealing with typical New Year’s callouts.

“We’ve seen a number of incidents in line with intoxication, so assaults, falls, overdoses, those things that would expect are in line with New Year’s Eve celebrations,” Ms Elliot said.

But paramedics have raised serious concerns about an increase in near-drownings and serious motor vehicle crashes so far this holiday period.

“As an ambulance service we would really like to ask everyone to be mindful and vigilant of people in and around water over this holiday period.

“If you have young children, they must be within arm’s reach and they must be supervised at all times.”

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