Brisbane Police are urging party-goers to plan ahead and use their common sense as preparations get underway for New Year’s Eve celebrations across the city.
Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Commander Acting Superintendent Mark Jones said police were well-prepared for celebrations tomorrow night – traditionally one of the busiest for crews across both North and South Brisbane Districts.
“The key to a great New Year’s Eve is to plan ahead – this includes thinking about how much alcohol you’re going to drink and how you’re getting home,” he said.
“Of course, if you’re going to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. Use public transport, or ride sharing services where possible or plan a designated driver.
“As well, if you are hosting a New Year’s celebration, be sure to register your party with local police.
“Registering your party provides police the opportunity to supply you with advice and resources. And if things do go wrong on the night, police have the information necessary to quickly and effectively deal with any issues. “
Acting Superintendent Jones said people would see a heightened police presence across entertainment precincts and party-hot spots including the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley and South Bank.
Last year, around 120,000 counted down to the new year at South Bank.
“We won’t tolerate anti-social behaviour from party-goers. If you or anyone you’re out with engages in violent or anti-social behaviour, we will not hesitate to take action,” he said.
“Unfortunately from time to time, we do see individuals engaging in anti-social behaviour on New Year’s Eve. If you do see that happen, walk away, don’t get involved and if necessary, contact police as soon as possible.
“New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate with family and friends and we want to see residents having a good time, safely and responsibly.
“Look out for your mates, keep your cool and see 2017 in with a good start.”
Brisbane City and South Brisbane
Most road closures begin around 5.30pm and continue until about 2am, January 1.
Between Melbourne Street and North Quay (general traffic lanes only – busway to remain open).
Between Melbourne Street and North Quay (Western Pedestrian Footway Only). Crowd safety fencing with monitored break-out points erected across span.
Between Ann Street and Adelaide Street (General Traffic Lanes Only: Riverside lanes open to buses, general traffic diverted right onto Riverside Expressway).
Between Adelaide Street and Queen Street (buses excepted)
Between George Street and North Quay (buses excepted, general traffic to be diverted right into George Street)
Between Elizabeth Street and Queen Street (all traffic)
|Queens Wharf Road & William Street Intersection||
Traffic to exit via Margaret Street
Intermittently as required at 8.40pm and 00.10am to assist in pedestrian egress following the fireworks
|Little Stanley Street||
Between Tribune Street and Glenelg Street
Between Ernest Street and Tribune Street
Between Tribune Street and Vulture Street
Between Grey Street and the Brisbane River
Between Merivale Street and Grey Street (Access maintained for South Bank Carpark, Rydges and Mantra except between the hours of 2000 hrs and 2100 hrs and again from 2330 hrs for approximately 2 hours).
Between Merivale Street and Grey Street (Access maintained for Thiess and South Bank Cinemas except between the hours of 2000 hrs and 2100 hrs and again from 2330 hrs for approximately 2 hours).
Between Merivale Street and Victoria Bridge (Busway to remain open).
Between Fish Lane and Melbourne Street (Buses Excepted).
Between Peel Street and Tribune Street
Between Tribune Street and Vulture Street (closed to inbound traffic – buses excepted).
Between Merivale Street and Southbank Parklands (Access maintained for 199 on Grey and the Galleria except between the hours of 2000 hrs and 2100 hrs and again from 2330 hrs for approximately 2 hours).
Left turn only into Melbourne Street.
Left turn slip lane onto Grey Street.
Right hand turn lane onto Grey Street.
Left hand turn lane onto Grey Street.
Between Ernest Street and Russell Street (Kerbside lane closure on the Musgrave Park side).
Most road closures begin around 6pm and continue until around 2am, January 1.
Leading down from River Terrace near the KP Tafe.
|The Pathway and Steps||
Leading down from River Terrace near the Rotunda.
|Unnamed Road/Vehicle Access||
To bottom of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
New Year’s Eve safety tips:
- Use public transport or ride sharing services where possible and be patient with other commuters waiting for these services;
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If you feel threatened or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, leave immediately and go to a place where you feel safe;
- Trust your instincts and recognise warning signs;
- Develop a network of people who will assist you in an emergency and let them know where you are going and when you are likely to return;
- Look after your friends;
- Consider the necessity of the items you are carrying in your handbag or wallet, and try to keep valuables to a minimum.
Safety tips for those planning on drinking on New Year’s Eve:
- Plan ahead as to how many drinks you will have and stick to the plan by monitoring your drinking;
- Book a ride home with a taxi or ride sharing service or designate a driver to ensure you and your friends get home safely;
- Eat before and during drinking;
- Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at a sensible pace;
- Avoid mixing drinks and finish each drink before you have another;
- Get involved in other activities, for example playing pool or dancing;
- Do not leave drinks unattended;
- Only accept drinks from people you trust. Watch the staff members as they make your drink; and
- If someone offers to buy you a drink, go up to the bar with that person and accept the drink there.
Further information and personal safety tips can be located on the Queensland Police Service website at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/default.htm