Police are urging the community to plan ahead and consider the many options available for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney for 2016.
There are more than 1.5 million people expected to ring in 2017 while taking in the spectacular fireworks displays around Sydney Harbour, so police are urging revellers to start considering plans for their night now to avoid disappointment.
Central Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said police have been working closely with City of Sydney, landowners and other government agencies to ensure everyone enjoys a safe and fun New Year’s Eve for 2016.
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“Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the biggest event on our annual calendar and we’ll be prioritising safety to ensure family and friends can all enjoy their festivities,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“Police, together with landholders and other agencies, will work alongside one another in the Police Operation Centre and Government Coordination Centre to coordinate resources across the multiple event areas on the night.
“There will be a significant number of police – both uniformed and plain-clothed – on patrol across the CBD and foreshore areas to deliver a highly visible and mobile policing response,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“We’ll also have specialist resources patrolling the waterways, transport hubs, and PolAir keeping an eye on things from the sky to ensure a safe and secure event for everyone involved.
“In the lead up to the New Year’s Eve, over the Christmas period, police will also be out and about at local events across the Sydney CBD and regional areas,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“As part of the City of Sydney’s ongoing commitment to making NYE family-friendly, there are extensive alcohol-free zones in place, which will be enforced.
“Police and security will also be monitoring crowd numbers closely and sites will be closed as soon as they reach capacity to prevent overcrowding,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“If you’re planning on watching the fireworks you should start planning your night via the Sydney New Year’s Eve website, where you’ll find detailed vantage point information as well as helpful hints and tips for the evening,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“When sites reach capacity, details will be updated via the event website, as well as the City of Sydney and NSW Police Force social media platforms.”
“Once you have made a plan for the night, we suggest you come up with at least one back-up plan, just in case your preferred location is full when you arrive,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller.
“We have previously seen several sites reach capacity and close early, so we are urging people to arrive early, just in case you have to make your way to another viewing location.”
Police are expecting significant traffic disruptions due to road closures which will be in place throughout New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day.
“In order to facilitate crowds and the magnificent fireworks displays, there will be a large number of major road closures and special event clearways,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“With thousands of additional public transport services on offer, we’re strongly urging revellers to leave the car at home and utilise the extra services available.
“If you must drive, please be patient and be aware of pedestrians as we’re anticipating lengthy delays, especially following the final fireworks display at midnight,” Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.
“Drivers are also reminded that there will be no vehicle access on closed roads, including from car parks, so please ensure you’ve planned your journey ahead of time.”