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Bulli Tops light show will bring in the new year as part of scaled-down celebrations

NEW Year’s Eve in Wollongong is going to be a quiet one.

Instead of the usual festivities, Wollongong City Council will be hosting a scaled-down, two-hour lighting display on both Belmore Basin and Flagstaff Hill lighthouses and some additional lighting effects on the Southern Gateway Centre at Bulli Tops for New Year’s Eve.

The light show will run from 8.30 to 10.30pm. During the lightshow there will be no music, food trucks, rides or entertainment.

Earlier in the year, Council made the decision to cancel the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it is time to say farewell to 2020 and welcome in the new year.

“However, it will come as no surprise that New Year’s Eve will be a quieter send off than what some of us are used to,” he said.

“Our focus is on maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. As a result, we will not be holding a major fireworks event on New Year’s Eve nor will we close access to the harbour for food stalls and entertainment.”

 “This year we’re asking residents and visitors to celebrate the New Year at home with their loved ones and friends. Our New Year’s Eve lightshow is a special sight for residents who are passing by or watching at a distance,” Cr Bradbery said.

Visitors are also reminded that Council Rangers will be discouraging illegal camping at beaches and reserves over the New Year. While shade structures or tents are allowed during the day, they must be down by 8pm.

Council also advise that if you are in the area, make sure you follow the current COVID-19 guidelines by maintaining social distance from others, washing your hands and staying home if you’re feeling unwell.

“Over the summer, our beaches and foreshore reserves are a busy destination for residents and tourists. However, these public spaces are for everyone to enjoy,” said Cr Bradbery.

“Camping and staying overnight at parks and reserves is prohibited here in Wollongong. Our Rangers will be present to ensure that visitors are aware of these restrictions. There is no excuse for camping illegally.”

Penalties apply for illegal camping and staying overnight in prohibited locations.


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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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