A family-friendly NYE in Byron

Another low-key celebration is planned for Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve.

They include a twilight beach market and amusements rides. Starting from 4pm, the twilight markets will feature local artisans, market stall holders and buskers.

Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the low-key event was being staged by the council to promote a family-friendly event for residents and visitors to the town.

"The Samba Blisstas will be performing from 8pm and McGregor’s Festival Amusements will have a range of rides to entertain the whole family,” she said.

"It will be a wonderful evening for families."

As in past years, there will be alcohol restrictions in Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads on New Year’s Eve,

Alcohol is prohibited to be consumed or carried in certain public areas including public roads, footpaths, parks, car parks and beaches.

Cr Barham said the restriction of alcohol was part of a strategy developed by the council to ensure a safe event for all.

She said the alcohol restrictions were aimed at minimising the effects of alcohol-related behaviour and to promote a low-key family friendly environment for locals and visitors alike.

The alcohol ban will begin at noon on December 31, through until 6am on New Year’s Day.

In Byron Bay the alcohol-free zone is defined by Bay St, Fletcher, Marvel, Butler and Lawson Streets and includes the First Sun Car Park.

A map of the Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads alcohol free zones can be found on the council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au/events.

Temporary road closures will also be in effect on December 31 for New Year’s Eve.

Roads temporarily closed from 6am are Jonson Street, north of Lawson Street, Fletcher Street, north of Bay Lane, Bay Street, west of Jonson Street, Middleton Street, north of Lawson Street.


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