New Year's Eve - A safe New Year for all

Mornington Peninsula Shire will again take a ‘No Entertainment-No Nonsense’ approach to New Year’s Eve on the southern Peninsula, working in collaboration with Victoria Police to reduce the negative impacts of celebrations.

The approach has assisted in providing a safe destination for residents and holiday makers since its introduction more than 16 years ago.

The tactic provides increased security, first aid assistance, lighting, additional transport and services throughout the Nepean Ward towns of Rye, Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Portsea.

The aim is to make the Peninsula a safe place for people to enjoy the New Year period. The following restrictions will apply over the New Year's Eve period:  

  • There will be no planned events (including fireworks) on foreshore reserves
  • Alcohol bans apply in public places from 30 December to midnight 1 January
  • A person must not possess or discharge fireworks; fines will apply
  • Flares to be discharged in an emergency only
  • Rye pier car park closed from 4pm on 31 December – 2am 1 January
  • Rye pier closed from 6pm on 31 December – 2am 1 January
  • Rye foreshore playground closed from 8pm on 31 December – 2am 1 January

A complimentary one-way shuttle bus service departing Portsea from 10pm on 31 December followed by Sorrento at 2am on 1 January dropping patrons off only stopping at designated Route 788 bus stops on Point Nepean Road through to Kangerong Avenue, Dromana at the following locations:

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)

Have a Safe New Year
For more information or to report any issues impacting the community on New Year's Eve including any pets that require Ranger assistance, please phone 1300 850 600.