Ending 2008 with a bang

NEW Year's Eve is set to go off with a bang at Tweed Heads tonight, thanks to Spectrum Fireworks.

It will be the Brisbane company's seventh time conducting the New Year's Eve fireworks at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.

And it is a big responsibility making sure locals and tourists ring in the New Year with a memorable fireworks display -- just ask Spectrum's managing director Chris Corbee.

"It will be similar to what we have done in previous years," Mr Corbee said. "But I love doing it, it is always something different. You see the different people in the crowd and the children really get a buzz out of it." Spectrum will put on fireworks displays at Tweed Heads, Banora Point and Salt tonight.

Mr Corbee said his displays would go for about 10 minutes each and there would be plenty of colour and excitement to keep everybody mesmerised.

Those who live around the NSW and Queensland border will get to ring in the New Year twice, with the fireworks at both Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. There will also be fireworks at Cabarita Beach and Casuarina.

Licensed venues around the region have also been gearing up for their biggest night of the year.

Seagulls Club is hosting a Viva Las Vegas party complete with a cast of 20 musicians, dancers, magicians, showgirls and celebrity impersonators. Gary Fontana, who plays Elvis in the show, said the night was set to be huge.

"It began in Las Vagas itself and has since shown at eight countries around the world," he said. Sergeant Steve Quinn of Coolangatta police urged revellers to stay safe, warning that there would be a heavy police presence in and around the town CBD from 4pm todayuntil 8am tomorrow.

"While we encourage people to enjoy themselves, police will be taking a zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour and liquor offences," he said.

"It is a special occasion and we hope people have a safe and enjoyable new year."



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