A safe New Year’s Eve for all

Published on 16 December 2020


Mornington Peninsula Shire will work in collaboration with Victoria Police to ensure residents and visitors on the southern Peninsula have a safe New Year’s Eve.
On New Year’s Eve there will be increased police and emergency services, security, lighting, additional transport and closures of some public spaces in Rye, Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Portsea. First aid will be present on Rye foreshore.
We want the Peninsula to be a safe place for people to enjoy the last day of 2020. The following restrictions will apply:  

  • No planned events and no fireworks on foreshore reserves
  • Alcohol ban applies in public spaces from 30 December to 11.59pm, 1 January
  • A person must not possess or discharge fireworks; fines will apply
  • Flares to be discharged in an emergency only
  • Rye pier foreshore car parks closed from 4pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January
  • Rye pier closed from 6pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January
  • Rye foreshore playground closed from 8pm, 31 December to 2am, 1 January.

A complimentary one-way shuttle bus service will run on New Year’s Eve from Portsea Hotel to Kangerong Avenue, Dromana from 10pm until 4am, 1 January. The one-way bus service will pick up patrons from Portsea Hotel (until 2am) and Sorrento before continuing as a drop-off service only along Point Nepean road stopping at the following bus stops:
Stop # 1 Blairgowrie shops
Stop # 2 Rye Pier
Stop # 3 Truemans Rd (Tootgarook)
Stop # 4 Rosebud Plaza
Stop # 5 Jetty Rd (Rosebud)
Stop # 6 Dromana Pier
Stop # 7 Kangerong Ave (Dromana).
With extra noise and activity as the new year ticks over, sometimes pets can get scared and run away. The Shire has rostered on extra Rangers to help distressed pets and families on New Year’s Eve. If your pet gets lost, please call 1300 850 600.
For more information or to report any issues impacting the community on New Year's Eve, please phone Mornington Peninsula Shire Customer Service on 1300 850 600.
From all of us at Mornington Peninsula Shire: Happy New Year to our wonderful community!
Learn more at mornpen.vic.gov.au/NYE
Quote attributable to Mayor, Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“Please look out for each other and enjoy a safe New Year’s Eve celebration.
Remember COVID-safe practices still apply, so keep your distance from people you don’t live with, practice good hygiene and stay home if you are unwell.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021”.

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