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Gordons Bay: proposed ‘floatie’ party prompts police concerns

Sunbathers at Gordons Bay in Sydney’s east. Photo: James AlcockPolice have expressed concerns about a potential New Year’s Day gathering of thousands of people on blow-up “floaties” at Gordons Bay in Sydney’s east.

The proposed event, given the name “Float Your Boat,” has received more than 3900 responses on Facebook.

In a letter to local residents on December 21, Inspector Cath Bradbury wrote that the event organisers had not co-operated with police, and that no authorisation for the event had been given.

According to Inspector Bradbury, police were concerned about the consumption of alcohol in the bay’s alcohol-free zone and the impact on the local ecosystem, a marine reserve that is home to the famous blue grouper.

“Police will be providing a police presence at Gordons Bay on the day to ensure that all members of the community have a safe, enjoyable New Year’s Day,” she wrote.

The Facebook event encouraged attendees to bring “blow-up boats, tubes, thongs and floaties, beers, boobs, bangers” to Gordons Bay to start the new year “with a bang”.

According to police, the small bay is described as “dangerous” and does not have its own lifesaving club, but is monitored by the neighbouring Clovelly Surf Life Savers.

Local residents were warned to secure their property gates and entrances on New Year’s Day.

There will be widespread celebrations across Sydney on New Year’s Day, with partygoers proving that festivities no longer end at midnight.

Music fans will flock to the Domain in Sydney’s CBD for the Field Day music festival, which attracted more than 25,000 people last year.

Meanwhile, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has sold out a bohemian-themed party in front of a backdrop of the Sydney Harbour, with international music acts including American singer-songwriter BØRNS.

The Vic on the Park Hotel in Marrickville will host music performances from groups including the Brisbane rock band Dune Rats from 2pm.

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