Seven tonnes of fireworks will be shipped in to send 2017 off with a bang this New Year’s Eve, with Brisbane planning its biggest show yet.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane would come together in a whole-of-city celebration for the third year in a row, to watch Brisbane’s skyline filled with unique pyrotechnic displays.
“Brisbane’s night-sky will light up this New Year’s Eve, with around 85,000 visitors expected to join the celebration at South Bank Parklands alone,” Cr Schrinner said.
“This year’s show will be even bigger and brighter, with technicians laying more than 10 kilometres of wiring to connect more than 35,000 individual fireworks, which will be set off by 16 pyrotechnic computer controllers throughout the night.
“Our New Year’s Eve Fireworks are becoming more and more popular every year, and we are this year extending the celebration with six shows across three inner-city locations.
“South Bank, Eagle Street Pier and Portside will all have their own shows at 8:30pm and midnight, with the best vantage points at Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach, River Quay Kangaroo Point cliffs, or along the riverfront at Eagle Street and Portside Wharf.
“Visitors who arrive early to South Bank will also be able to listen to the ABC Radio Brisbane New Year’s countdown, which will be broadcast along the river frontage while they wait for the main event.”
Cr Schrinner encouraged people to travel to celebrations via public transport, where possible, with a number of road closures in place to facilitate the celebrations.
“Public transport will be a convenient way to travel with additional bus and ferry services, provided for people wanting to enjoy the fireworks and other festivities. Buses and ferries will also be free for the trip home, from 8.45pm to 5.30am,” he said.
“Council will also be waiving tolls on the Go Between Bridge from 6pm Sunday to 2am on Monday, to help motorists enjoy a quicker trip to and from the festivities in and around South Bank.
“Road closures in the CBD and South Brisbane will be in place from around 2pm, so we encourage motorists to plan their travel around the changed traffic conditions.”
Details about road closures are available at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and information about bus and ferry routes and timetables is available at www.translink.com.au or by calling 13 12 30.
Motorist and Pedestrian Road Closures for New Year’s Eve:
The following roads will be closed in South Brisbane from 7am Sunday 31 December 2017, to 2am Monday 1 January 2018:
• Russell Street, between Grey Street and South Bank
• Stanley Street, between Melbourne Street and Carpark
• Little Stanley Street, between two South Bank carpark access points
• Ernest Street, between Grey Street and Little Stanley Street
The following roads will be closed in South Brisbane from 2pm Sunday 31 December 2017, to 2am Monday 1 January 2018:
• Grey Street, South Brisbane, between Peel Street and Vulture Street
• Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, between Cordelia Street and Victoria Bridge
• Colchester Street, South Brisbane, Ernest Street and end of road
• Ernest Street, South Brisbane, between Merivale Street and Little Stanley Street
• Tribune Street, South Brisbane, between Merivale Street and Little Stanley Street
• Hope Street, South Brisbane, between Peel Street and Melbourne Street
• Fish Lane, South Brisbane, between Hope Street and Grey Street
• Little Dock Street, South Brisbane, between Dock Street and Stanley Street
• Stanley Street, South Brisbane, between Little Dock Street and Sidon Street
• Sidon Street, South Brisbane, between Stanley Street and South Bank
The following roads will be closed in the City from 2pm Sunday 31 December 2017, to 2am Monday 1 January 2018:
• Victoria Bridge (general traffic), between Melbourne Street and North Quay
• Queens Wharf Road, at Victoria Bridge
• North Quay, between Tank Street and Victoria Bridge
• George Street, between Elizabeth Street and Burnett Lane
• Adelaide Street, between North Quay and George Street
• William Street, between Queen Street and Elizabeth Street
The following road will be closed in the City from 8pm Sunday 31 December 2017, to 1am Monday 1 January 2018:
• Full closure of Elizabeth Street on and off ramps between Riverside Expressway and George Street, Brisbane City