Best of both worlds at Twinnies
With twice the budget, twice the fireworks and a crowd of 15,000 expected, Twin Towns Services Club will see 2005 off with a bang.
After five years without a fireworks display, staff and guests alike will be waiting with bated breath for the display to light up the Tweed sky at midnight tonight.
The budget for this year's display has been doubled from the 2000 display to $10,000 so New Year's revellers can expect the Jack Evans Boat Harbour to sparkle with dazzling effects for some time after the clock pushes us into 2006.
Twin Towns spokesperson Elaine Jackson said everyone was excited about the fireworks and also the novelty of being on the border and being able to bring the new year in twice.
"Because we're on the border we're celebrating twice at midnight in each state and everyone is looking forward to that," Ms Jackson said.
"We're just doing one lot of fireworks for NSW and it's really exciting this year because we've got the fireworks challenge which we haven't had for a couple of years.
That is going to be on at midnight NSW time."
Ms Jackson said most of the guests will be making the short trip across the border to take in the fireworks at Coolangatta as well, making for a unique New Year's experience.
"This doesn't happen anywhere else," she said.
"Most of the guests are planning to celebrate it here and then traipse across the border once they've celebrated the NSW one and they just head into Queensland to bring it in again.
"It's a really good feeling, a good atmosphere and everyone's excited," she said.