A record number of volunteers will give up their time on New Year’s Eve to help Sydneysiders & visitors have a safe and fun night.
With a million people expected to line Sydney Harbour for Australia’s largest public event, more than 180 volunteers of all ages will be helping the crowds – including, for the 1st time, roving volunteers among the crowds at St James, Wynyard & Macquarie Street.
Working with 1500 event staff, the volunteers will provide information & directions at popular spots around Circular Quay to help everyone have the night of their lives & get home safely afterwards.
Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ volunteers will operate 6 information booths throughout the city, providing access information, directions & distributing Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ event guides and maps.
The booths will be located at Circular Quay, the Queen Victoria Building, Macquarie Street, Shakespeare Place, George Street & The Rocks.
“I’m delighted more people than ever are giving up their time to help everyone enjoy to the max Sydney’s biggest night of the year,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“Volunteers make a fantastic contribution to Sydney New Year’s Eve – they’re part of what makes the event so special. We couldn’t do it without them & the 1500 staff who work so hard on the night to keep everyone safe & clean up our streets and parks after the party is over.”
Veteran volunteers George & Joseph Attard are both in their 70’s & have been helping out on New Year’s Eve since 1998.
The cousins both moved to Sydney from Malta & see volunteering as a way of giving back to the community that welcomed them.
As well as volunteering at Sydney New Year’s Eve, George & Joseph have volunteered at many public events in Sydney including The Games Of The 27th Olympiad – Sydney 2000.
“I volunteer because I love this country,” George Attard said.
“Everybody is smiling & excited. You can feel it in the air. A lot of people ask to hug us & ask us to pose for photos. It’s like we are movie stars.”
Sydney New Year’s Eve is Australia’s largest public event & features one of the biggest, most technologically advanced fireworks displays in the world.
As well as the event’s information booths around central Sydney, people coming into the city on New Year’s Eve have a range of tools to help them plan a safe & enjoyable night.
These include the Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ Telstra app & the City Of Sydney’s official Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ website, which features an interactive vantage point map, accessibility information & live transport and road closure information.
For more information, visit sydneynewyearseve.com.