New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba
  • Tuesday 20 December 2011

As the festive season approaches, the countdown to Sunshine Coast Council’s biggest end-of-year event, New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba has begun.

Local families and visitors are invited to come along and enjoy the family-friendly entertainment at The Esplanade Mooloolaba from 4pm to midnight on Saturday 31 December.

Executive Director Community Services, Coralie Nichols said this year’s Festive Season has a great range of activities and entertainment for all the community to enjoy.

"Council, through its Festive Season Strategy, supports activities and events that reflect the cultural values, diversity and lifestyle of our region’s communities," Ms Nichols said.

"People can visit council’s website to find the Christmas Tree Trail and Festive Season Event Guide. There is a map and interesting information about each of the 29 Christmas trees across the region and you can also find out what community festive events are occurring in your local area."

Acclaimed Australian performers Amy Meredith and The Whitlams have been secured as the headline acts for the planned spectacular.

The program for the evening also boasts an exciting line up of live music, roving street entertainment, children’s activities, carnival rides and buskers that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Delicious food will be available from local vendors, restaurants and cafes on the Esplanade.

To ring in the New Year, two spectacular fireworks displays will take place at 8.30pm and midnight.

New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba will take place in a relaxed, safe, security patrolled and fenced event zone with an expected crowd of 40,000 people.

Council has conducted extensive consultation regarding safety in partnership with a number of safety organisations including Queensland Police, SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Street Angels, Queensland Ambulance Services.

For patron safety, a number of road closures will take place around the vicinity of the event site. Closures include Beach Terrace, The Esplanade and sections of Brisbane Road.

Road closure times will be minimised to limit disruptions to motorists, however residents and visitors should expect altered conditions. All road closures will be reopened on 1 January 2012.

Extra bus services will operate on the evening between Noosa and Caloundra. Please be aware that intoxicated persons or the carrying of alcohol will not be permitted onboard event buses operated by Sunbus.

The celebrations at Mooloolaba are only one of a number of new year’s celebrations planned across the Sunshine Coast. Kings Beach and the Noosa Marina at Tewantin will also host council supported events to mark the beginning of the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba celebrations start at 4pm on The Esplanade, Mooloolaba. Entry to this drug, alcohol and glass-free event is free. Intoxicated persons will not be permitted entry.

The event is supported by a number volunteers, local community food stall and street performers.

Pet owners in the vicinity of the carols event are advised that the noise of fireworks and amplified music can cause pets to become agitated. Council reminds owners to ensure pets are safe and secure for the duration of the event.

New Year’s Eve Mooloolaba is proudly supported by Bendigo Bank, Creative Concepts, Quest Community Newspapers (Journal. weekender), Southern Cross Ten, Sunshine FM 104.9, The Inkspot Printers, 92.7 Mix FM and Sea FM 91.9.

Full program information and event details can be found on council’s website.