Byron Shire Council is seeking buskers, market stall holders and amusement ride operators for their low-key New Year’s Eve event to be held in ByronBay.

Council is supporting this year’s event with a $25,000 funding contribution.

Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham said with the success of recent years, the same formula is being  adopted to ensure a safe, low-key, community based and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve.

“Council has again resolved to provide a safe environment by the use of an alcohol prohibition on the streets and parks in Byron Bay,” she said.

The New Year’s Eve event in Byron Bay will feature market stalls, amusement rides, buskers and the Samba Blisstas performing from 8pm.  The event aims to focus activities on the beachfront reserve and minimise the impact on local businesses.

Council’s tourism research officer, Joanne McMurtry, said the twilight ByronBay beachfront market will feature food, craft and artisan stalls. 

She said the council was particularly keen to hear from stall holders who feature local home-made and home-grown items, before 18 December. 

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 via the council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au or telephone 6626 7213.

The streets and parks of Byron Bay will have an alcohol prohibition for the 24-hour period to ensure a safe and community friendly atmosphere. 

To ensure the safe management on the night, there are street closures to the beach that will commence at 6am on Thursday 31 December.  The road closures will mean that no parking is available at the beachfront that day while preparations are organised.