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.
The 2023 year 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.
The Sunshine Coast is continuing to face challenges relating the rising cost of living, worker shortages and a housing crisis – but as always, the positives continue to shine through.
As a region, we are constantly inspired by stories of hope, perseverance and success – from grassroots community groups and local charities to ‘mum and dad’ entrepreneurs and local businesses (many of which are finding state, national and international recognition).
With infrastructure continuing to develop, the push to remain a sustainable region working alongside the environment has also been a hot topic as the Coast attempts to lead the way in this field.
As always, the region has shown its immense generosity, with many residents opening their hearts and wallets to those in need throughout the past 12 months.
So, as we close the doors on 2023, let the countdown to 2024 begin.
Don’t forget pets
The RSPCA is reminding pet owners to be vigilant of their furry friend this New Year’s Eve. December 31 can be a time of distress and terror for some animals. Loud fireworks can prompt animals to run away, jump fences, thrash if tied up and even jump through glass to escape the terrifying sounds in the sky. The RSPCA has a list of tips for pet owners at rspca.org.au/blog-tags/fireworks.
New Year’s Eve around the region
The Sunshine Coast will ring in the New Year with a series of popular family-friendly fireworks events.
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, Caloundra’s NYE event will begin at 4pm at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, with fireworks at 9.30pm, while Coolum Beach’s Tickle Park has all the fun in the north, with fireworks lighting up the sky at 8.30pm.
Sunshine Coast New Year’s Eve 2023 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).
Noosa will also have its share of the celebrations, with Noosa Marina to hold its annual New Year’s Eve event.
The free event will see live entertainment from 4.30pm at 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin, with fireworks at 10pm. Spectators will also be able to see the fireworks from along the Noosa River.
Sunshine Coast Police are reminding members of the public that officers will be out and about during the festivities and that any alcohol-fuelled or bad behaviour will not be tolerated.
Officers are also reminding us to be aware of noise if hosting parties at home, and to be respectful of neighbours.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
All of Sunshine Coast Council’s New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations across the Coast 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.
- Neuron Mobility will have parking stations outside the fenced and gated event zone at Mooloolaba. Riders will be able to book and use e-bikes and e-scooters through the Neuron app.
- With buses running throughout the NYE period, view bus 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 rideshare apps, or visit translink.com.au. Never drink and drive.
Where can I park?
• Parking is available at Mooloolaba Central Park N Go for a $10 flat rate. Wilson Parking attendants will be taking payment on entry via eftpos.
- Catch a Kinetic shuttle bus to and from the Mooloolaba event. The free Park N Ride shuttle bus service departs from outside the front of Chancellor State College at the University of the Sunshine Coast to Alexandra Headland carpark (the northern end of the Mooloolaba Esplanade).
Public parking is available at USC – CP15 carpark on Claymore Road. Buses run between locations from 5-10pm, every 15 minutes. Expect some delays after the 8.30pm fireworks.
- Heading to the Caloundra NYE event? Find up-to-date information at facebook.com/CaloundraNYEcelebrations.
MOOLOOLABA ROAD CLOSURES
Refer to the below details for road and car park closures around Mooloolaba on December 31. Detours will be in place.
- River Esplanade partially closed between Parkyn Parade and Club Lane, from 10am.
- 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 on New Year’s Day (January 1)
- Club Lane and car park, closed from 10am December 30 to 5am on New Year’s Day (January 1).
CALOUNDRA ROAD CLOSURES
• De Vene Avenue between Moreton Parade, Burgess Avenue, Edmund Street and Ormonde Terrace will be closed to all traffic from 3-11pm on December 31.
- Ormonde Terrace between Edmund Street and Princess Lane will be closed to all traffic from 3-11pm on December 31.