New Year's Eve 2016 at Mooloolaba Beach.
New Year's Eve 2016 at Mooloolaba Beach. Patrick Woods

Counter terrorism measures in place for New Year's Eve

POLICE are preparing a range of security and counter terrorism measures to ensure the 50,000 revellers expected to descend on Mooloolaba on New Year's Eve can do so in safety.

Superintendent Darryl Johnson said there would be visible signs of security including bollards but others that would be not so visible.

He said covert methodologies would also be employed with really discreet barriers in places aimed at making people attending New Year's Eve events safer.

Police would be visible on the roads to ensure motorists were driving to conditions and the road rules and would be active in entertainment precincts to ensure people who go out could have a safe time.

"People are here to have a good time," Supt Johnson said.

"This is a tourist area and from a policing perspective we want to ensure the community is safe.

"We want to ensure residents and visitors can enjoy the Sunshine Coast without fear of theft, violence and assaults."

Supt Johnson said mounted police would arrive to patrol beaches and parks before Christmas but the Sunshine Coast would largely rely on its own resources throughout the holiday break.

"If there is any significant incident we can draw in specialist resources but we will be relatively self-sufficient," he said.

Last year police made only 51 New Year's Eve arrests across the region mainly for drug and alcohol related offences in what was a quiet night given the huge numbers that converged on entertainment precincts from Caloundra to Noosa.

The free Mooloolaba celebrations are an alcohol, drug and glass-free event, with fireworks timed for 8.30pm and midnight.

The celebrations will be the finale of the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast celebrations and feature the final push by Sunshine Coast Council to have 18,000 people sign a greeting card to break a Guinness World Record.

The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, is the place to be this New Year's Eve with a feast of free entertainment from 4pm until midnight plus one final chance to help council break a Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a greeting card.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said New Year's Eve at Mooloolaba will be an event for the whole family.

The council will provide free shuttle services to and from the event from the University of the Sunshine Coast, departing every 30 minutes from 5pm to 8pm and back to USC again from 8.45pm.

A free shuttle services home from NYE Mooloolaba to Kawana Shoppingworld, University of the Sunshine Coast or Maroochydore Bus Station would run from 8:45pm. All shuttle services would terminate at 2am.

Events at Kings Beach, Caloundra and Coolum Beach events were also supported by the council.

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