22 December 2006
Celebrate NYE at Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba beach and the Esplanade will be bursting with activity on 31 December as it once again plays host to Maroochy's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Fireworks are set to light up the sky at 9pm and midnight with the early display set to ensure the littlies can join in the celebrations without having to stay up until midnight.
The family friendly event will kick off at 5pm with roving entertainment, children's shows, amusement rides and food stalls filling Beach Terrace, which will be closed to traffic all day.
"There is entertainment for everyone," Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli said. "The kids will love the Boogie Woogies and Natty Satty on the Southern Cross Ten Stage (Esplanade) from 5 - 8pm. Then the stage will host the hip sounds of D'Caribbean Rhythmaires from 8pm."
From 7pm until 12.30pm the adults can kick back and enjoy the popular Nik Phillips Association, performing on the Hot 91 Stage (Loo with a View), then join with Hot 91's Mitch in the countdown to the 9pm fireworks.
The Mayor encourages everyone to take advantage of the variety of public transport options available to get to and from the celebrations safely and easily.
"This year there is a new regular return ferry service from Buddina to Mooloolaba, which will make the trip in and home hassle-free for those coming from the southside of Mooloolah River," he said.
The service runs from 4pm on Sunday (31 December) until 1.30am Monday (1 January). Southside pick up point at Public Pontoon, Buddina (adjacent to La Balsa Park, Harbour Pde). Northside drop off point at Public Pontoon, adjacent to the Coast Guard, Parkyn Pde. Return trip costs $8 per person or $20 per family of 2 adults and 2 children).
Extra bus services will be running and timetables are available from Translink at 13 12 30. A taxi marshal and security will be stationed at the temporary taxi rank at the Coles car park in Venning Street from 6pm until 4am.
"However you choose to celebrate this New Year's Eve, I wish everyone a fun and safe night and a very happy and successful 2007," Cr Natoli said.