Overlooking the Bass Strait and the mouth of the Mersey River, the people of Devonport will say Bon Voyage 2019 and start cruising into 2020 at this year’s SeaFM City of Devonport Skyfire New Year’s Eve celebration.
With the change in venue to Aikenhead Point, the family fireworks at 9.30pm and the midnight display will take full advantage of the maritime vista and be fired over the water from the Spirit of the Sea statue.
A full evening of live music will begin at 6pm and will start with local youth bands as part of Skyfire Spotlight. Special guests, Nine Lives Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue, will continue into the night with their trademark high energy tunes to get everyone up on the dance floor. Interspersed with the music will be Minute to Win It-type challenges with great prizes, magic and circus performers.
Across the site there’ll be plenty for families to do. Activities such as Zorb Balls, Swing Cars, inflatable slide, and jumping castle will keep the kids entertained, and family and friends can challenge each other at the tabletop and giant games.
You can also decorate yourself with face painting, temporary tattoos or Henna art, or decorate a scratch mask.
Highlights will be the SeaFM Silent Disco and the chance to write your wishes, dreams and resolutions to be added to the Wheel of Dreams.
Council and MerseyLink have partnered to offer a free shuttle bus which will run every 15 minutes during the event, with pick up points near Fourways, Kmart and at the Rook Street interchange. The Spirit of Devonport Ferry will also be crossing the Mersey during the evening, at regular prices.
Dress for the journey into the new decade and enjoy a scrumptious selection of food and beverage at the event of the year.
For those wanting an adrenaline rush, the Summer Family Fun Fair at Devonport Oval will also be opening on New Year’s Eve with a terrific selection of carnival rides and games.
Entry is free to this non-smoking event which is fully licenced meaning no BYO alcohol and no glass can be brought onto site.
With the upcoming 100th anniversary of Devonport Harbour Master’s House in January, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre is keen to find any pictures which community members may have of the building prior to 1950.
The centre would like to add them to its historical records.
You can contact the BSMC through their Facebook page or email: email@example.com 
The Devonport City Council Financial Assistance Scheme will be accepting Major and Minor grant applications from 1 January to 28 February 2020.
The Community Grants Program supports community organisations for one-off projects, events and activities.
Details and the guidelines can be found on the Council website by clicking here 
As this will be my last message for 2019, I wish to take this opportunity to wish you all a Joyful Christmas and Happy New Year!
It is my hope that you all get an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends during the festive period.
May I also send a message of thanks and gratitude to members of our emergency services who will work around the clock again this year to help keep us all safe.
The Council Office will be closed from 2:00pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Thursday 2 January 2020.
Council has released the opening and closing times for all its facilities, as well as waste collection arrangements and the operating hours of the Spreyton Waste Transfer Station over the festive season and you can find them here .
Cr Annette Rockliff