Police prepare for New Year’s Eve

Union Club Hotel employee Lewis White and Bottlemart manager Barry Miller prepare for New Year’s Eve sales as one of their busiest days of the year. Picture: Laura HardwickPOLICE are preparing for one of their busiest nights tomorrow, with thousands of people expected to welcome in the new year across Wagga.
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As thousands converge on the Civic Centre precinct for the second annual Wagga Live event and others frequent the various pubs’ entertainment, police have issued a warning to be safe this New Year’s Eve.

NSW Police have launched a high-visibility operation, Corsair, to ensure the safety of millions celebrating tonight.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy said the number one risk to community safety this New Year’s Eve was alcohol-related violence.

“Alcohol-related crime is one of this state’s greatest challenges and the community can help us combat it by celebrating responsibly and looking out for each other,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.

“There will be plenty of police on patrol and safety is the top priority, so we will be targeting alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour, particularly in family-friendly vantage points.

“If you choose to celebrate the night with a drink, know your limits.

“For everyone’s safety, drink in moderation.

“Alcohol impairs your judgement and impacts your ability to make good decisions.

“Stop and think about the consequences of your actions.

“It doesn’t matter where you celebrate tomorrow, there is one clear message: ‘Think before you drink’.”

Wagga Inspector Darren Brand said the city could expect increased police presence.

“There will be increased police presence in Wagga around New Year’s Eve,” he said.

“Police are asking people to enjoy themselves, have a great night but don’t let that great night turn into a disaster.”

NSW Ambulance, who typically respond to more than 1000 calls throughout New Year’s Eve, which equates to one patient every 34 seconds, echoed the sentiment.

“Unfortunately the majority of what paramedics will treat across the evening will be due to alcohol intoxication or the effects of drugs,” NSW Ambulance Deputy Commissioner Mike Willis said.

“Traditionally we spend our New Year on the frontline treating people whose fun as turned to injury, or worse, to tragedy.”

Union Club Hotel’s Bottlemart today unloaded 11 pallets of beer ahead of one of its busiest days tomorrow, with Carlton and anything bubbly tipped to be most popular.

“New Year’s Eve is an exciting day,” Bottlemart manager Barry Miller said.

“It’s usually busy enough to keep three people running all day.

“We always advocate to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.”

The bottle shop will open from 9am to 10pm both tomorrow and Thursday.

New Year’s opening times

Sturt Mall Coles

New Year’s Eve: 7am-9pm

New Year’s Day: 8am-7pm

Sturt Mall Kmart

New Year’s Eve: 8am-9pm

New Year’s Day: 8am-8pm

Sturt Mall Specialty Stores

New Year’s Eve: 9am to 5.30pm

New Year’s Day: closed

Marketplace Woolworths

New Year’s Eve: 7am-10pm

New Year’s Day: 7am-10pm

Marketplace Big W

New Year’s Eve: 8.30am-6pm

New Year’s Day: 9am-5pm

Marketplace Speciality Stores

New Year’s Eve: 9am-5.30pm

New Year’s Day: closed

South City Coles

New Year’s Eve: 6am-9pm

New Year’s Day: 8am-7pm

South City BWS

New Year’s Eve: 8am-9pm

New Year’s Day: 10am-7pm

South City Soul Pattinson

New Year’s Eve: 8am-9pm

New Year’s Day: 10am-6pm

South City Reject Shop

New Year’s Eve: 8.30am-6pm

New Year’s Day: closed

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