Northern suburbs police to see out 2017 with a bang

Northern suburbs police to see out 2017 with a bang

POLICE will have all available staff working on New Year’s Eve, with thousands expected to attend early fireworks at Mindarie Marina.

Clarkson Senior Sergeant Stephen Foley said police would be deployed across Perth, the north metropolitan district and Clarkson sub-district on December 31 and January 1.

“They will be working over New Year’s Eve; we will also have people working on New Year’s Day,” he said.

“We are not expecting any incidents to happen; we are just making sure we have enough police on duty.

“We’ve got the fireworks at Mindarie Marina but it’s an early evening, so we are not expecting any issues there.”

Almost 10,000 people have indicated they are interested in attending on the Facebook event page, with this the first fireworks event at the marina in nine years.

Festival co-ordinator Kara Wood said she expected a big crowd to attend the December 31 event, with the fireworks display scheduled for 8pm.

“Public safety is our top priority and as such the rock walls off Alexandria View and Clarecastle Retreat will be closed due to its proximity to the fireworks launch area,” she said.

“We expect a large crowd at this family-friendly event and as such we recommend patrons try to reduce the number of vehicles where possible as parking is limited and there will likely be traffic delays.

“We recommend either carpooling or seeking other transport arrangements, such as Uber, taxi or walking if possible.”

Other entertainment will include street performers, buskers, live music and food stalls from 5.30pm. After the fireworks, DJs will play music in marina venues for those wanting to see the new year in.