Stay safe, have fun for NYE say Qld police


happyKeeping yourself safe but still having a good time is the overriding message from Queensland police for New Year’s Eve revellers across the state.

New Year’s Eve revellers across Queensland are being told to be alert for security concerns but not to let it harm their celebrations.

Hundreds of thousands of Queensland police will work in overt and covert roles across Sunday’s celebrations but the New Year’s Eve commander in Brisbane says there’s no specific threat for the state.

“I hope people have a great time,” Superintendent Tony Fleming told reporters.

“That’s the main thing. It is New Year’s Eve, it’s about celebrating what’s coming for the new year.”

Supt Fleming said while incidents such as the one in Melbourne earlier this month gave him “sleepless nights” he and other organisers had prepared for a range of scenarios from terror incidents to something as minor as a person becoming ill on a bridge.

Brisbane will hold two fireworks displays at South Bank on the Brisbane River.

The Gold Coast, which will host the Commonwealth Games in 2018, is also set to start the biggest year in the city’s history with a bang.

The city’s council has arranged 11 fireworks displays across the region, including on the beach at Surfers Paradise at 8pm AEST and midnight.

Public transport in the state’s southeast will be fare-free from 8.45pm on New Year’s Eve to 5.30am on New Year’s Day with several extra late services to operate through that time.

The Queensland Government says official fireworks displays are the safest way to ring in the new year.

“Attending displays under the control of licensed fireworks contractors is a smarter, safer choice than putting yourself and others at risk by illegally using fireworks,” Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said.

Dr Lynham said 122 people had been prosecuted in the past 12 months across the state for fireworks offences.

Brisbane is forecast to be hot and humid over New Year’s period with maximum temperatures in the low 30s and possible thunderstorms both days.

The Queensland Ambulance Service says not overdoing the celebrations is important.

“Keep hydrated by drinking water, stay out of the sun and avoid consuming alcohol throughout the day – you don’t want to cut your New Year’s Eve celebrations short,” QAS Metro North senior operations supervisor Warren Painting said.

The RSPCA is also reminding pet owners to ensure their pets are in a safe and secure location during celebrations.