Tweed NYE to go off with a bang
NEW Years Eve is just around the corner.
So get the bubbly ready and a find good position for the fireworks and celebrations happening around the Tweed this NYE.
Twin Towns general manager, Rob Smith, said this year’s show at the Jack Evans Boat Harbour will bring 2009 to an end with a bang.
“We’re expecting thousands of people,” he said. “Last year we were at capacity and we’re expecting the same again.”
For the first time, Twin Towns will be hosting the fireworks display in conjunction with the Tweed Shire council, splitting the cost. Mr Smith said Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase will kick off the festivities .
“We’re hoping for a really good night,” he said. “Most people take the opportunity to enjoy the NSW display first, and then move to the Queensland show an hour later,” Mr Smith said.
Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce spokesman, Barry McNamara, said he expects crowds will remain high just across the border at Coolangatta, as people ring in 2010.
“So far it seems to be busier than last year, so naturally we expect New Years crowds to be similar,” he said.
Tweed Heads police spokesperson, Inspector Steele, said there will be an increased police presence on the streets on Thursday
“We have plans in place and we will be deploying more police officers,” he said.
Inspector Steele said the boys in blue will not be taking any chances.
“We have analysed intelligence and incidents from previous years to ensure this year runs smoothly,” he said.
He offered a word of warning for party revellers heading out for a big night.
“We want people to have a good evening, to be responsible and to drink responsibly,” he said. “If people want to behave in an anti-social behaviour, and disrupt other people’s night out, then they can expect the police to take action against them.
“We will also be increasing highway patrol to monitor drink drivers. So if people plan to drink, we remind them to not drive.”