NEW Years Eve celebrations are upon us and despite COVID-19 restrictions, communities across the region will still be able to celebrate the arrival of 2021, however people are being reminded to celebrate safely and comply with any local restrictions in place.
Operation New Year's Eve 2020 Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing, said police will be focused on public safety, which includes enforcing Public Health Orders, as well as alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
"New Year's Eve celebrations will look very different this year, so too will the police response; and we are urging the community to heed the advice and celebrate locally," he said.
"There will still be significant numbers of officers deployed for Operation New Year's Eve, who will be focused on keeping everyone safe, whether celebrating at an event in the CBD, suburban Sydney or regional NSW."
With 2020 coming to an end (a relief for many people), councils, business chambers and communities groups have been creative in the events on offer to help bring in the new year.
Of course you can sit at home and watch the Sydney Fireworks display but what is on offer across the Central West?
Orange crowds are set to witness a laser show extravaganza with several displays on offer from Sydney company Laservision.
- Wade Park
- Gates open at 6.30pm with shows running until 9.45pm
- The event will offer food and drink vendors (sealed plastic bottled water up to 1.5 litres can be brought in)
- Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/light-up-orange-tickets-131724065225 (crowd limit of 3000)
- Cost is $5
- A livestream broadcast of the event will be available to watch on YouTube from 8.30pm
- Remember to bring a chair, picnic rug, lawn games, hat and sunscreen
- Alcohol and pets are not permitted
Dubbo is one of the lucky places that will still have a spectacular fireworks display.
- Dubbo Showground
- Gates open at 4.30pm with the fireworks display starting at 9.00pm
- The event will offer amusement rides, food vendors, markets and stalls, along with the NYE Fireworks
- Registration is essential via https://www.123tix.com.au/events/14227/dubbo-new-years-eve-fireworks (crowd limit of 3000)
- Cost is a gold coin donation on entry
- Remember to bring a chair or blanket
- There is no parking on site and no alcohol or glass is permitted
Bathurst is set to bring in New Years with a range of free live music on offer across the city.
- 12pm to 3pm- Clancy Pye (Paddy's Hotel), Brad White (Panorama Hotel) and Seb Jones (Church Bar)
- 3pm to 6pm- House DJ's (The Victoria), Cameron Sharp (Dudley Hotel) and Belle Whitwell (Knickerbocker Hotel)
- 6pm to 9pm- Chloe Swannell Band (B-Town BBQ), Manning Patston (Kelso Hotel), Max Simmons (Church Bar), Karl Christoph (Piccolo's On William), Gabbi Bolt (The George) and Clancy Pye (Pantano's)
- 9pm onwards- join the after party at the Elephant and Castle and The Oxford Hotel
- Cost is free
- Various venues will have trivia, games and food on offer
- A livestream via Facebook Live will allow people staying at home to enjoy the live music
A drive-in style fireworks display in Cowra sounds like the perfect way to end 2020.
- Cowra Showground
- Gates open at 7.30pm with the fireworks display starting at 9.30pm
- Tickets are essential and are available from Beds R Us and Re'lish Home and Living until 5pm on NYE
- Cost is $10 per car
- On arrival you must have a valid ticket and you must be driving (no walk-ins are allowed)
- People are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, chairs, food and drink
- Alcohol is allowed but people are reminded it is a family-friendly event and that they should not drink and drive
A variety of hotels and clubs are hosting New Years Eve parties, however numbers are limited with most venues asking people to register early.
- Check out your favourite venues Facebook page to find out more
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