Wagga Wagga can look forward to a new approach to New Year’s Eve 2020 this year with a number of street activations being planned in the Central Business District on 31 December.
A Mayoral Minute put to tonight’s Ordinary Meeting said the aim is to enliven the Baylis and Fitzmaurice Street hospitality precincts and create a family-friendly festive and fun environment for NYE celebrations.
It said Council staff have reviewed what might be achieved in Wagga Wagga for NYE following on from the NSW Health Order Number 7 and the commencement of this order on 7 December 2020.
A key focus is how an initiative in the CBD might also support local business whilst providing activity for residents and visitors alike. All councillors present supported the Mayoral Minute, paving the way for staff to push ahead with NYE preparations.
“Staff are proposing an activation of street performers and a plug and play program along the pedestrian pathway of the main street to promote visitation to local businesses, cafés and restaurants on NYE,” the report said.
The activation will occur between 7pm and 9pm and will feature entertainment at programmed spaces or roving along the main street walkways.
Council staff reported that a consultation with businesses has revealed positive and broad support for proceeding with the initiative.
“Staff have consulted with local hotels and the Business Chamber, and are continuing to make contact with food and beverage business operators to ensure awareness of this proposed program,” the report said.
“The response to date has been overwhelmingly positive and appreciated. Many of them are open for dinner early so this activation between 7pm and 9pm on NYE will entertain their guests as they arrive.”
NSW Police Local Area Command has been informed of what is being proposed. Staff will conduct a follow-up briefing with Police leading up to the night.
Council has allocated a $35K budget for the initiative, to be funded from the NYE annual budget allocation.
Summary of activities
* Roving entertainment including characters and circus acts – they will rove through outdoor eating areas, greet kids, do circus tricks and create energy and fun.
* Music provided by local artists – this includes at least four local emerging musicians and a DJ with a summery and fun music selection
* Balloon giveaway to kids – two local children’s theatre performers will rove the streets and give away a free balloon to the children in the area.