Well, that time of year is here again. We look back at the past 12 months wondering where they have gone, reflecting on what we have achieved and looking ahead to what we hope for as we welcome a new year.
And 2022 has been filled with incredible highs and its fair share of hardships, forcing us all to practise resilience and strength – whether in a personal capacity or community-wide.
Like the rest of Australia, the Sunshine Coast has continued to face challenges relating to flooding and natural disasters, the rising cost of living, worker shortages and a housing crisis – but as always, the positives continue to shine through.
We’ve seen the region come back to life as we welcome tourists post-pandemic. The Coast is also thriving with successful local businesses and entrepreneurs, not to mention the introduction of many new and innovative industries.
With infrastructure continuing to develop, the push to remain a suitable region working alongside the environment has also been a hot topic as the Coast strives to lead the way in
As always, the region has also shown its immense generosity, with many residents opening their hearts and wallets to those in need throughout the year.
So, as we close the doors on 2022, let the countdown to 2023 begin.
Breaking old habits
It wouldn’t be a new year without a list of resolutions to help quash bad habits, be better versions of ourselves or focus on the future. But what are we looking for
Recent data from Finder reveals 71 per cent of Australians – equivalent to 14.2 million people – and 71 per cent of Queenslanders are setting a New Year’s resolution.
Eating healthier is the top resolution for 2023, with 32 per cent of Queenslanders pledging to instil healthier habits, and 30 per cent hoping to improve their fitness.
A further 28 per cent are motivated to lose weight, while 17 per cent plan to sleep more. Travel is making a comeback, with 15 per cent wanting to go on a trip overseas in 2023.
Meanwhile, 14 per cent want to work less or have a better work/life balance.
But not everyone will make a New Year’s resolution, with 29 per cent of Queenslanders planning to enter 2023 without setting a goal.
Finder expert Amy Bradney-George says the New Year is a time that inspires people to set positive goals, whether it’s around health and fitness, money and travel or something else.
“Australians have had a tough year, with record inflation and the cost-of-living pinch pushing up the cost of essentials, including food, electricity and petrol,” she says.
“For New Year’s resolutions around eating healthy, there may be some challenges with higher food prices but there are still ways to save – such as shopping for in-season fruit and vegetables or checking out local farmers’ markets for great deals.”
Ms Bradney-George says this goal can be a ‘win-win’ for people who also want to be more sustainable – a goal that 13 per cent of Queenslanders hope to achieve.
She says most New Year resolutions can also be adjusted for different budgets and that it is also a good time to check in with individual money goals.
Celebrations around the region
The Sunshine Coast can ring in the New Year with a series of popular family-friendly firework events across the region.
Mooloolaba will have fireworks displays at 8.30pm and midnight, with a raft of entertainment, activities and food trucks to enjoy throughout the evening.
To the south, there will be fireworks at 9.30pm at Kings Beach Amphitheatre in Caloundra, while Coolum in the north will see fireworks at 8.30pm.
Meanwhile, a plethora of venues and restaurants will also host ticketed events, including The Surf Club Mooloolaba, Aussie World at Palmview, The Long Apron in Montville and Caloundra RSL.
Seek out your favourite venues to see what’s on or visit events.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
Sunshine Coast New Year’s Eve 2022 is a Sunshine Coast Council event, delivered in partnership with the Queensland Police Service and other emergency services (SES, QFES, Red Frogs, QAS and QEMS).
Sunshine Coast Police are reminding the public they will be out and about during the festivities and that any alcohol-fuelled or ill behaviour will not
Officers are also reminding people to be aware of noise if hosting parties at home and to be respectful of neighbours.
Don’t forget pets
The RSPCA is reminding pet owners to be vigilant with their furry friends this NYE.
Loud fireworks can prompt animals to run away, jump fences, thrash if tied up and even jump through glass. The RSPCA has a list of tips for pet owners at rspcasa.org.au/pets-in-fireworks.
All the Sunshine Coast Council New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations across the region encourage a family-friendly, drug-, alcohol- and glass-free environment.
How do I get there?
- Leave the car at home; walk, ride or use public transport.
- With buses running throughout the NYE period, view timetables and plan your public transport route by visiting translink.com.au.
- Don’t forget to plan your journey home — organise a lift legend, download or update your ride share apps, or visit TransLink. Never drink and drive.
Where can I park?
- Parking is available at Mooloolaba Central Park N Go for a $5 flat-rate fee. Pre-booking is recommended. Search for Mooloolaba Central Park N Go at wilsonparking.com.au.
Refer to the below details for road and car park closures around Mooloolaba on December 31. Detours will be in place:
- Club Lane and car park, closed from 10am.
- River Esplanade, partially closed between Parkyn Parade and Club Lane, from 5am.
- Beach Terrace, closed from 10am.
- Mooloolaba Esplanade, between Club Lane and Burnett Street, closed from 5am.
*The above roads will reopen by 5am New Year’s Day (January 1).
- Mooloolaba Esplanade, closed between Beach Terrace and Burnett Street, from 3pm.
- Brisbane Road, partially closed between Brisbane Road car park and Mooloolaba Esplanade, from 3pm.
- Burnett Street, partially closed between Landmark Resort and Mooloolaba Esplanade, from 3pm.
*The above roads will reopen by 2am New Year’s Day (January 1).