Police increase presence

Police will focus on licensed premises and roads in Bathurst on New Year’s Eve.There will be an increased police presence right across the city on New Year’s Eve, but police are hopeful everyone will be on their best behaviour.

Inspector Colin Cracknell of Chifley Local Area Command said there will be a slightly increased focus on licensed premises compared with other times of the year.

He added police numbers will be similar to what they were in the lead-up to Christmas.

“Police will also go to various venues where groups are gathering – the Adventure Playground, for instance – at various times through the night,” Inspector Cracknell said.

However, with festivities concluding once the fireworks are done at around 9pm, he is not really anticipating any problems at the venue.

Inspector Cracknell said there will definitely be an increased highway patrol presence on our roads.

“There will be plenty of RBTs, so motorists should make sure they have a plan B in place to ensure they are not on the wrong end of a breath analysis,” he said.

“I would say go out and have a good time, but be responsible with the amount of alcohol you consume.

“If you do drink, don’t drive.”

Inspector Cracknell reminded people to be aware they might face delays if they are relying on taxis to get around on New Year’s Eve.

He added that is likely the Department of Transport will have security guards at the city’s taxi ranks again this New Year’s Eve.

Two local establishments, The Oxford and the Elephant and Castle, will remain open until 4am on New Year’s Day.

Most other clubs and pubs will close around 1am, and Scott Macallister, owner of the Knickerbocker Hotel, has made the decision to close his hotel at 4pm.

Mr Macallister said council’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Adventure Playground is so popular, it leaves the CBD pretty quiet.

He therefore does not feel it is worth his while to stay open.

Mr Macallister said behaviour on Christmas Eve is a far bigger problem than New Year’s Eve in Bathurst.

The Oxford will be holding a jungle-themed New Year’s Eve party called “Welcome to the Jungle’.

The Elephant and Castle will feature a DJ and will have increased security for the evening.

Bathurst RSL will also be throwing a party this year called Wild Wild West, which will conclude at 1am.

The Dudley, Shanahans, The Kings and Panthers will be open during their normal hours, with most expecting to close around 1am. Panthers will be offering lots of prizes, and will have entertainment in the lounge.

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