Sydney welcomes 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve. About 1.6 million people welcomed 2014 along the city's foreshore amid our fantastic fireworks display.

This year's creative ambassador Reg Mombassa transformed the skyline as fireworks launched off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, city buildings and from barges up and down the harbour.

Reg's creativity was coupled with the skill and experience of Fortunato Foti from Foti Fireworks to creating amazing images of Sydney's NYE celebrations that were seen around the world through traditional and social media.

The City had 350 cleaning staff on duty across Sydney using 60 trucks, sweepers and compactors. They emptied 625 mobile garbage bins, 600 permanent street litter bins and swept roads, parks and public places to ensure our streets and parks were clear of waste and garbage as soon as possible.

They collected 58 tonnes of rubbish - no small task. I'd like to thank them for their hard work getting our city back to normal.

15 months of planning go into making Sydney's NYE a success, so I'd also like to thank the City of Sydney staff and others who worked so hard to put on such a great show.

Issues at Beare Park

Following unprecedented crowds, anti-social behaviour and rubbish left behind in Beare Park on New Year's Eve we will review the arrangements for the park for future years and will consult with you and police to ensure there is not a repeat of the problems that occurred.

We had similar issues in Pirrama Park, Pyrmont, in 2012 and had made the park a managed site for 2013 where alcohol could not be brought in and could only be purchased on site. Early reports indicate the new arrangement worked well for residents and visitors.

If you would like to be part of the consultation process for Beare Park, please contact The City of Sydney via safecity@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or mail "Safe Sydney" at City of Sydney, GPO Box 1591, Sydney NSW 2001.

 

All the best for 2014.

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