Mooloolaba gets ready to party!
  • Wednesday 31 December 2008

Mooloolaba is the place to be on the 31 December when Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Stockland present New Year’s Eve on the Esplanade – an alcohol, glass and drug free event.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson is encouraging local families and visitors to come along and enjoy the family-friendly entertainment at the Sunshine Coast’s biggest end-of-year celebrations.

“Mooloolaba Esplanade is a great place to celebrate New Year’s with all the family,” Cr Thompson said.

“There is plenty of entertainment for all ages starting at 5.30pm with Humphrey B Bear and the earlier fireworks show at 8pm for the younger kids.

“And the bigger kids amongst us certainly wont miss out either with a great line up of rock, hip hop and world entertainers keeping us revved up for the new year count down.”

Cr Thompson said council has been organising these celebrations for nearly 10 years with crowd numbers generally between 50,000 to 70,000.

“Every year there is more and more emphasis on safety and this year is no different.” Cr Thompson said. “Council and its community partners have worked together to contribute to the overall safety strategy for this event.

“Strategies that will be implemented on the night include the on-site presence of police, security guards and Street Angels safety service, extra bus services with qualified security guards on board, police sweeps of buses to confiscate opened alcohol, security guards and marshal at the Secure Taxi Rank on the Esplanade, CCTV cameras in operation throughout the Mooloolaba precinct, local laws officers on duty and police patrols of beaches and parks on quad bikes.”

The celebrations take place in a safe, patrolled and fenced event zone with music, entertainment, roving performers, buskers and food stalls. The line up of entertainment includes:

  • Two magnificent fireworks displays* at 8pm and midnight.
  • Family entertainment on stage from 5.30pm – 8pm
  • Humphrey B Bear, the famous bear himself
  • Ian Ross Williams, local children’s entertainer
  • Local singer song writer, Sue-Anne
  • Paul Greene, Sydney based song writer and performer

And the party really gets started from 8.00pm until midnight with performances by:

  • Even Break, local hip hop artists
  • Black Water Fever, local swamp rock duo
  • Wild Marmalade, organic high energy dig and drum duo
  • OKA, local world, roots, dub, reggae duo
  • Roving entertainment
  • Fire twirling demonstrations on the beach
  • New ‘Buskers Place’ located next to the Loo with A View from 5pm until midnight

Extra bus services will operate between Noosa and Caloundra, to and from the event from 6:30pm. Please be aware that intoxicated persons or the carrying of alcohol will not be permitted onboard event buses operated by Sunbus.

For safety, a number of road closures will take place around the vicinity of the event site, including Beach Terrace, The Esplanade and sections of Brisbane Road. Road closure times differ and are minimised to limit disruption to motorists, however residents and visitors should expect altered conditions. All road closures will be reopened on 1 January 2009 by 5am. For details visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Total parking restrictions will apply to Walan Street and Brisbane Road (between The Esplanade and Tuckers Creek Bridge) from 2pm on 31 December 2008 until 3am, 1 January 2009. These areas will be strictly no parking, and tow away conditions will apply.

The event is sponsored by Sea FM, Southern Cross Ten, Sunshine Coast Daily, Colourscan and Diverse Design.

Council would like to thank the organisations supporting this event; Qld Police, Queensland Transport, Translink, Sunbus, Qld Fire & Rescue Service, Qld Ambulance, SES, Street Angels, St John Ambulance and Mooloolaba Business & Tourism.

*Please note earlier fireworks display time of 8pm. Fireworks have an unsettling effect on some pets. Pet owners should take precautions to secure pets for the duration of the fireworks.