Bass Coast,

Family Friendly New Year's Eve

Fireworks displays at Coronet Bay and Inverloch will again be a highlight on New Year’s Eve at the family friendly time of 9.30pm.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said there are no midnight fireworks at any location in Bass Coast.

“These are great events for families,” Ms Mitchell said.

“There will be family activities, entertainment and a barbeque at the foreshore before the fireworks in Coronet Bay.

“At the Inverloch Recreation Reserve the carnival will be in full swing before the fireworks display at 9.30pm.

“Both these events are in ‘dry’ locations, and drinking is not allowed.

“We want these to be events that families can come to and enjoy.”

Please note that fireworks are dangerous and illegal for private persons to discharge. If you see or hear fireworks being let off, please report the incident to Police, by ringing 000.

Cowes NYE Festival

For the first time, Cowes will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a special festival. Thompson Avenue and The Esplanade will be closed on 31 December from 1.00pm until 9.00pm. The festival will include street stalls, buskers, family entertainment and carnival rides.

Holiday visitors

Ms Mitchell said large numbers of holiday makers are expected to arrive in Bass Coast in the coming weeks, swelling the population to over 70,000.

“These visitors help boost the local economy and add to our vibrant communities,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The priority is to ensure everyone, residents and visitors alike, are safe over the holiday season.

“Our message to everyone who comes here is ‘Enjoy it, don’t spoil it’ and we are targeting certain behaviour to try and ensure this.

“We have extra staff and more patrols to help protect people and our environment; however, everyone needs to take responsibility for their own actions.

“You need to respect other people, look out for each other and respect the place you’ve come to enjoy.”

Heavy traffic is expected over the holiday season, particularly on the Bass Highway and Phillip Island Tourist Road in the days immediately after Christmas.

“Boxing Day and the days leading up to New Year’s Eve are traditionally amongst the busiest days on our roads,” Ms Mitchell said.

 “Unless you have to, we recommend that people stay off the roads on these days. If you have to travel, please plan your trip, allow extra time and make sure you have water in the car in case there are unexpected delays.

“Roadworks around the Shire are expected to continue during the holiday period and this will put an extra strain on the roads.

“Motorists really need to take care travelling through roadworks zones and adhere to the reduced speed limits and changed traffic conditions.

 “Traffic is also expected to be heavy on New Year’s Day when many visitors leave the Island.”

Ms Mitchell said Council is urging everyone to respect each other over the holidays and to drive carefully.

“Certainly the increased population means that it takes longer to get around and our shops and streets are more crowded, so factor in some extra time to your travel plans.”

The Christmas/New Year period is when Council traditionally gets most calls about lost or escaped pets.

“Remember to keep your pets secure over the holidays,” said Ms Mitchell.

“This is particularly important on New Year’s Eve, as many pets get very distressed by fireworks. We recommend having your pets tied up or inside for the night.”