Call for NYE buskers

Byron Council has put a call out for buskers and market stall holders to be part of low-key New Year’s Eve celebrations at Byron Bay.

Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the same formula as recent years was being adopted to ensure a safe, low-key, community-based and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve.

“Council has maintained its support for New Year’s Eve celebrations on the basis of  providing a safe environment by the use of an alcohol prohibition on the streets and parks in Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. The focus for the night is on low-key, family-friendly events featuring market stalls, buskers and amusement rides," she said.

"I encourage locals and visitors to enjoy a safe evening of celebration and enjoy the community events.”

Celebrations at Byron Bay will feature market stalls, amusement rides, buskers and the Samba Blisstas performing from 7.30pm.

The event aims to focus activities on the town’s beachfront and minimise the impact on local businesses.

The twilight Byron Bay beachfront market will feature food, craft and artisan stalls.

 The council is particularly keen to hear from stall holders who feature local home-made and home-grown items, by tomorrow (Friday).

Community groups which would like to participate are invited to join in free of charge to showcase their work and activities.

Registrations can be made through the council’s website or telephone 6626 7316.

The streets and parks of Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads will have an alcohol prohibition for New Year’s Eve to ensure a safe and community friendly atmosphere.

There will be street closures to the beach at Byron Bay that will commence at 6am on Friday, December 31, which means no parking will be available at the beachfront that day.

 The council is supporting New Year’s Eve celebrations at Byron Bay with funding of $25,000.

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