Shire rings in ‘no nonsense’ New Year’s Eve


MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire will again take a “no entertainment – no nonsense” approach to New Year’s Eve.

Working with a community-based steering committee, police, residents and businesses, the shire says it aims to reduce the “negative impacts of celebrations” in the area.

“This approach has assisted in providing a safe environment for holiday makers and residents since its introduction more than 10 years ago, in 2001-2002,” shire spokesperson Kat Hodgins said.

“The shire aims to make sure the southern peninsula is a safe place for people to enjoy over the New Year period.”

Cr Tim Rodgers said the summer holiday period was a great time for residents and visitors to the peninsula.

“This strategy is to ensure everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve,” he said.

Cr Hugh Fraser: “The shire’s community-led New Year’s Eve strategy is about maintaining and promoting a safe, family location for all to enjoy.”

There will be no public entertainment, no public fireworks and bans on alcohol in public places will be enforced.

No organised public events or activities will be staged on the southern peninsula on New Year’s Eve. Only those who have pre-purchased tickets will be admitted to private venues operating on the night.

Alcohol bans will apply from 30 December to midnight 1 January.  The possession of sealed and unsealed containers of liquor in public places is prohibited (unless they are being transported from the point-of-sale to a vehicle or residence for consumption).  Glass containers are not permitted in public places.

No camping will be allowed in any public park or reserve; all camping in permitted foreshore areas is fully-booked.

No public displays of fireworks are allowed on New Year’s Eve. No one is allowed to possess or discharge fireworks without a permit. Fines apply. Discharging flares is prohibited, except in an emergency.

People are reminded to be vigilant with fire – especially on the peninsula.  More information about fire safety can be found at or

Rye carnival will be closed on New Year’s Eve day and night and the Rye pier car park will close at 4pm.

Point Nepean Rd between Lyons St and Dundas St, Rye, will be closed 11pm, 31 December to 1am, 1 January at the discretion of police. Detours will be in place.

A free, one-way bus service will run from Portsea to Safety Beach stopping at designated bus stops. Security will be on board at all times. For route information visit

For more information call 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 22 December 2015


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