Road closures approved for Christmas events

Published: 16 November 2023

Temporary road closures have been approved for Light up the Night on 25 November, and for the Santa parade on 2 December.

Objections and concerns about both events resulted in the road closure applications being decided by a hearing panel of Councillors on Wednesday and both were given the green light.

Light up the Night has moved to a Saturday and East Street will be closed between Havelock Street and Tancred Street, from 3pm until 10.30pm. Burnett Street will also be closed from East Street to Cass Street.

An East Street retailer had voiced concerns that some businesses would still be busy because of extended Black Friday trading, but still supported Light up the Night, which will conclude with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at 9.15pm.

Councillors were told that pedestrians would still be able to access businesses that were open after 3pm in the road closure area, when food trucks and other preparations for Light up the Night were happening.

There will be dance performances and Christmas music on the night, centred on a stage alongside the Christmas tree.

A new route for the Santa parade, involving closing Walnut Avenue from State Highway 1 to Oak Grove from 10am-2pm, was also approved. Part of Creek Road will also be closed.

The parade is scheduled to start at 12.30pm, with the closure at 10am allowing the float to be set up on Walnut Avenue.

Two objectors were worried about how they would be able to access their properties on Walnut Avenue during the closure window.

Organiser Carol Johns told councillors that she would deliver traffic management plans to 100 households affected and put up signs two days before the event so that regular domain users would know not to park along the avenue on the morning of Saturday 2 December.

The parade will begin at Oak Grove and head east, doing a U-turn before the traffic lights and heading back to Oak Grove. Christmas themed floats will later park in the domain, near a planned Christmas fete, so that people can admire the decorations and take photographs.

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