The countdown is on as we see out 2021 and welcome in the New Year. As the Sunshine Coast community pauses to reflect on the whirlwind of this year – from the highs of our homegrown Olympians winning gold in Tokyo, to the success of some amazing individuals and businesses who call the region home – there is much to celebrate.
This year has also brought about its fair share of hardships, from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, to soaring rentals pricing and limited housing availability, but one thing is certain: the Sunshine Coast is a place full of resilient and generous people.
Now the time comes where we look ahead to 2022, write our list of New Year’s resolutions and hope we can all find balance as we navigate the “new normal” world we live in.
New Year’s resolutions
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 in 2022?
Recent data from Finder reveals 72 per cent of Australians – equivalent to 14 million people – are setting a New
Fitness is the top resolution for 2022, with 30 per cent of Aussies pledging to get their fitness in order, and 30 per cent hoping to instil healthier eating habits.
A further 28 per cent are motivated to lose weight, while 13 per cent plan to sleep more, and eight per cent vow to work less and have a better work-life balance. Five per cent will also commit to start meditating.
But not everyone will make a New Year’s resolution, with 28 per cent of Aussies planning to enter 2022 without setting a goal.
Finder personal finance expert Kate Browne says after the year many of us have had, a clean slate is what Aussies are looking forward to most.
“As life slowly returns to normal, or as normal as can be, Aussies are keen to hit the reset button,” Ms Browne says.
“Whether it’s losing weight or finding love, no one resolution is better than the other, however all of us could benefit from sorting out our finances or making a budget.”
Ms Browne says when choosing a resolution, it is important to set realistic and attainable goals to ensure you see them through.
“Don’t wait until the clock strikes 12 to come up with a plan.
“Set yourself a clear and concise timeline with an achievable timeframe.
“Hold yourself accountable but don’t beat yourself up if you slip up along the way.”
Top 5 New Year’s resolutions for 2022
- Improve fitness
- Eat healthier
- Lose weight
- Sleep more
- Be more sustainable.
WHAT’S ON THIS NYE
For those looking for something to do this Friday night, there are plenty of events across the Sunshine Coast for all ages from Caloundra to Noosa.
Sunshine Coast Council will once again host New Year’s Eve 2021 fireworks displays at Coolum, Caloundra and Mooloolaba.
The displays will be held at 8.30pm at all locations, with an additional midnight display at Mooloolaba, and Mayor Mark Jamieson says New Year’s Eve will be relaxed and family friendly across
“This New Year’s Eve we are stepping back from the highly organised New Year’s Eve event and associated entertainment previously delivered at Mooloolaba and focussing solely on offering three fireworks displays that can be enjoyed from a number of locations across the coast,” Mayor Jamieson says.
“This year we are encouraging locals and visitors to throw down a rug and enjoy a picnic at beaches and parks or enjoy the hospitality of local cafes and restaurants at all three locations.
“At Coolum and Caloundra, we’re working with community groups who are delivering the fireworks events.
“New Year’s Eve is always a wonderful chance to reflect and look ahead with optimism so, no matter how people choose to celebrate, I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2022.”
All council-organised events will be glass and alcohol free, with roving entertainment for children, and creative arts and events coordinator Janine Symons says the council is also working to take a more environmental approach to deliver the popular fireworks.
“Weather permitting, we’re using larger more eco-friendly fireworks, which have the benefit of firing higher in the sky, so can be seen from multiple vantage points,” Ms Symons says.
“Ensuring our fireworks are as environmentally friendly as possible is crucial and our supplier provides fireworks that contain no plastic, chlorates and also contain less lifting powder, all of which reduce emissions.
“All cardboard waste and copper ignition wire is fully recycled post display.”
Parking is available at ParknGo Mooloolaba Central and pre-booking is recommended.
There is limited parking at Kings Beach, Caloundra and Tickle Park, Coolum.
Families are also encouraged to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or use public transport to travel to their nearest celebration.
Stay safe this NYE
New Year’s Eve should be a fun night out for everyone, and Queensland Police is reminding anyone who is celebrating to make it as safe as possible.
Senior Sergeant Matt Robertson says there are a few things everyone could do to ensure a safe and happy New Year.
“We encourage everyone to take a common-sense approach and be mindful of COVID-19 safety practices and social distancing rules,” Senior Sergeant Robertson says.
“We also urge people to plan their journey ahead of time, whether that be public transport, a taxi or active transport, know how you’re getting to and from your event.”
More local events…
Sunshine Coast Afloat Family Fireworks
Set off on a two-hour family-friendly cruise to watch the 8.30pm fireworks and ring in 2022 before the little ones fall asleep with Sunshine Coast Afloat. It’s set to be a night of fun with drinks, food and music. From 7.15pm to 9.15pm.
Sunshine Coast Afloat Midnight Cruise
Get the best vantage point to enjoy the midnight fireworks from the water with a three-hour cruise! Farewell 2021 with Sunshine Coast Afloat, plenty of music, drinks and dancing. From 9.30pm to 12.30am.
Twin Waters fireworks
Wave goodbye to 2021 with dinner and a 9pm fireworks show at Novotel Sunshine Coast Twin Waters. There are two options; a family-friendly seafood buffet at Sola Restaurant or a special event on the Sola Deck more suited to adults only.