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NYE CELEBRATIONS: Fireworks to farewell 2021 in Newcastle

Roving entertainers, DJs, amusement rides and a massive firework display will cap off planned New Year’s Eve celebrations in Newcastle this year.

Locals will farewell 2021 with a festive atmosphere throughout the harbourside precinct, which will come alive with a range of activities spread along Wharf Road.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said there would be a range of activities, amusement rides, food vendors and market stalls on offer for those heading to the Foreshore on New Year’s Eve, allowing people to spread themselves throughout the precinct from Lynch’s Hub through to The Station.

“The hallmark of City of Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve events is free entertainment and activities,” Cr Nelmes said.

“People heading to the Foreshore can take a picnic blanket and set up in front of their choice of DJ, take the kids to a variety of activities including Indigenous art workshops, or visit the popular VIP sensory area designed specifically for people with disabilities before settling in to see the sky come alive with colour during the 9 pm fireworks display.”

City of Newcastle said the decision to proceed with New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Foreshore was made in consultation with NSW Health and with the support of NSW Police.

To ensure attendees can adhere to social distancing requirements, the traditional New Year’s Eve main stage concert will not take place this year.

“Our city has just been through one of the most trying periods in recent history and after a difficult two years we’re ready to come together as a community to welcome 2022,” Cr Nelmes said.

“The wellbeing of our community is City of Newcastle’s key priority, which is why we’ve been planning the celebration in close consultation with lead agencies to ensure all necessary COVID-19 safety measures are in place and that social distancing can be maintained.”

Newcastle will farewell 2021 for New Year’s Eve withfamily-friendly celebrations across the Foreshore capped off with a fireworks display at 9 pm.