News

Fruitful start for new year

IN THE SWIM: Pictured at Lismore Memorial Baths diving into the pool at the Tropical Fruits pool party are from left Sydney visitors Gareth Rowe, Leslie Parker, James Dutfield and Darren Prendergast. ABOVE LEFT: Part of the 700-strong crowd.
IN THE SWIM: Pictured at Lismore Memorial Baths diving into the pool at the Tropical Fruits pool party are from left Sydney visitors Gareth Rowe, Leslie Parker, James Dutfield and Darren Prendergast. ABOVE LEFT: Part of the 700-strong crowd. Jacklyn Wagner

AS THE first rays of sunlight rose over the Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve party at Lismore Showground, the last thing on Leslie Parker's mind was sleep.

He and his three 20-something mates from Sydney had another party to attend as part of their busy schedule - the Fruits Pool Party, and it didn't disappoint.

"This is really great," Leslie beamed. "Where else can you dance poolside to a great DJ?"

The pool party at Lismore's Memorial Baths has become a "must attend" for those - young and old - who have the stamina to continue to celebrate into the New Year.

And it is just getting bigger, with about 700 revellers filling the baths to capacity.

"It is the first time we have come up year for New Year," Leslie said.

"We have friends at Byron and the Gold Coast and they told us about it.

"We will definitely be back next year."

That's something local businesses love to hear.

A Southern Cross University researcher estimated a couple of years ago that the Tropical Fruits festivities pull in about $5 million to the local economy.

Admittedly, the state of the economy was the last thing on these revellers' minds. They were having too much fun trying to transverse two 25-metre-long inflatables.

Of course Fruits event drag queens were on hand to lend a bit of glamour, with the dance beat provided by local DJ 1I Samurai and Sydney DJ Matt Vaughan.

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, but not until last night when the Fruits final Recovery Party at the Showground was to be held.

And have no doubt, our four buffed 20-somethings planned to be there as well - stamina permitting of course.

Topics:  lismore showground, new year's eve



Transport not so splendid

Festival goers wait in line for a bus home after attending the Splendour in the Grass music festival.

Festival goers vent anger.

RACQ says good riddance to Wicked rubbish

TOO MUCH: A Wicked Van spotted in Byron Main Beach car park.

RACQ welcome State Government action on offensive Wicked Campers

Splendour in the Grass’ inspiration and heart

Szymon Borzestowski’s album Tigersapp was honoured at Splendour in the Grass

Splendour's emotional tribute.

Latest deals and offers

Pokemon Go: "Trading" on the horizon as game evolves

No Caption

Pokemon GO players will soon be able to trade with other trainers

Bindi Irwin: ‘I’ve lived 10 lives in one lifetime’

Bindi meets her fans.

SHE'S just turns 18 but Bindi's life has been full of experiences

Transport not so splendid

Festival goers wait in line for a bus home after attending the Splendour in the Grass music festival.

Festival goers vent anger.

Rockhampton cook through to MasterChef semi-final

FAMILY:MasterChef semi-finalist Harry Foster pictured with his mum Ria McClelland.

Harry Foster through to MasterChef semi-finals.

Pop icon and former Neighbours star buys into Byron

Singer Natalie Imbruglia. Supplied by Sony Music Australia.

Former actor turned pop singer joins Byron celebrity rush.

MASTERCHEF: Coast cooks to dominate finals

SO CLOSE: MasterChef's final four, from left, Matt Sinclair, Elise Franciskovic, Harry Foster and Elena Duggan. Elise’s elimination means now only the three Sunshine Coast contestants remain in the competition.

MasterChef finals will be mandatory viewing in three Coast homes

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started