New Years Eve traffic arrangements for Balmain peninsula

New Year's Eve in the Inner West

Balmain foreshore parks are closed due to State Government COVID-19 restrictions from 6pm, 31 December to 6am, 1 January.

Please note there will be no 9pm family fireworks or activities around Sydney Harbour this year.

There will be a short fireworks display from Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight only. This will be broadcast live on ABC TV.

Council is encouraging everybody to celebrate safely and support local businesses.

Traffic arrangements and alcohol free zones for the Balmain Peninsula for the New Years Eve 2020 celebrations can be found below.

Public transport

The best way to access the Balmain peninsula on New Years Eve is by public transport.

Extra public transport will operate to get you to the Balmain Peninsula and home again. To plan your trip visit the Transport for NSW website or call 131 500.

Road closures

Council is planning to implement the following traffic arrangements to cater for New Years Eve 2020 celebrations.

The following roads will be closed to all vehicular traffic between 3:00pm on Thursday, 31 December 2020 and 1:00am on Friday, 1 January 2021 to cater for the New Years Eve celebrations:

  • Brent Street at Evans Street intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Mansfield Street at Evans Street intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Hanover Street at Evans Street intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Mackenzie Street at Victoria Road intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Hartley Street at Victoria Road intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Joseph Street at Victoria Road intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Loughlin Street at Victoria Road intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Crescent Street at Robert Street intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Buchanan Street at Robert Street intersection, Balmain (both directions)
  • Waragal Avenue at Terry Street intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • McKell Street at Yeend Street intersection, Birchgrove (both directions)

In addition, the following roads will be closed to all vehicular traffic except Transport for NSW buses, taxis/hire cars and Balmain resident access permit holders and manned by NSW police officers between 3:00pm on Thursday, 31 December 2020 and 1:00am on Friday, 1 January 2021:

  • Terry Street at Wellington Street intersection, Rozelle (northbound direction)
  • Darling Street at Nelson Street intersection, Rozelle (northbound direction)
  • Darling Street at Ewenton Street intersection, Balmain (eastbound direction) 
  • Evans Street at Merton Street intersection, Rozelle (northbound direction)
  • Evans Street at Nelson Street, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Mullens Street at Robert Street intersection, Rozelle (both directions)
  • Ballast Point Road at Lemm Street-Yeend Street intersection, Birchgrove (south and eastbound directions)
  • Wharf Road at Grove Street intersection, Birchgrove (eastbound direction)
  • Grove Street at Rose Street (eastbound direction)

Council has liaised with the police to ensure that taxis will be allowed access to the peninsula on New Years Eve. However, taxi access after 7pm will require the passenger to have information verifying that they are a resident of the Balmain peninsula. The information could be a drivers licence, rates notice etc. Temporary taxi drop-off points would be provided for other taxis closer to the road closure points.

Refer to the following map for road closure locations. Road users are requested to avoid these locations at reopening time and where possible use alternative routes.

A Special Event Clearway will be in place on Victoria Rd, between The Crescent and Westbourne Street (Westbound) from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021. For more details on road closures and clearways visit livetraffic.com

 

Road closures map

Refer to the following map for road closure locations. Road users are requested to avoid these locations at reopening time and where possible use alternative routes.

New Years Eve Maps for 2018-19

 

Temporary changes in parking restrictions

To provide transportation for visitors to the area, Sydney Buses will be operating additional bus services to Darling Street. To manage these additional bus services, the following restrictions will be installed from 12pm on 31 December 2020:

  • Temporary ‘Bus Zones’ on both sides of Darling Street between Mort Street and Curtis Road (plan)
  • Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ on the northern side of Darling Street between King Street and North Street (plan)
  • Temporary ‘Bus Zone’ on the southern side of Grove Street between Wharf Road and Bay Street (plan)
  • Temporary ‘No Stopping’ restriction on the eastern side of Montague Street between Darling Street and Beattie Street (plan)
 

Permits accepted

The following permits will be accepted for access to the Balmain/Rozelle peninsula:

   Green NYE permit Blue RPS permitOrange RPS permit
  • Inner West Council resident access permit (Balmain/Rozelle peninsula)
  • Inner West Council current resident parking scheme permit for areas B1, B2, B3, B5, BE, BG, R1, R2, R3 and R4
  • Australian mobility parking scheme permit.

Residents/business proprietors within the closed section of Balmain/Rozelle peninsula who need vehicle access to the peninsula during the road closure period and who have not been issued one of the above permits can apply for a resident access permit from Council's Customer Service Centre.

An application form is attached which has details of how you can obtain your permit. Resident and businesses will be eligible for two permits only.

To apply for a resident access permit, applicants will need to submit the application and provide proof of residency/business operation with an address inside the restricted area. No permits will be issued for visitors.

This year applications can be submitted via the following means and during the dates and times nominated below:

Permit application

Lodge online

The online applications for New Year’s Eve Permit for Balmain Peninsula can be access here.

Lodge in person

Leichhardt Service Centre, 7-15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt (Monday to Friday, until Wednesday, 23 December 2020 (inclusive), during advertised business hours)

Alcohol free zones

Currently the following areas have been established as alcohol free zones from 12.00pm (noon), 31 December 2020 to 3.00am, 1 January 2021 for New Year’s Eve:

  • Ballast Point Park
  • Yurulbin Park (Louisa Road)
  • Birchgrove Park
  • Miklouho-Maclay Park
  • Mort Bay, 2-8 Weston Street and Thornton Parks
  • College Street Playground
  • Simmons Point Reserve
  • Lookes Avenue Reserve
  • Illoura Reserve
  • Harris and Brownlee Reserves
  • Darling Street Wharf
  • Weston Street
  • Darling Street between Duke Street and Darling Street Wharf

Alcohol free zones map

NYE Alcohol Free Map

Alcohol Free Zone Map (PDF 362KB)

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Page last updated: 26 Feb 2021