Businesses urged to get behind fireworks
PORT Douglas will keep with tradition this year on New Year’s Eve, with two separate fireworks shows planned.
“New Year’s Eve should herald a better year for Port Douglas,” chamber of commerce president Ken Dobbs said.
“We’d like to see the streets full of locals farewelling a pretty average year and welcoming prospects of a far better year ahead in 2011.”
However, organisers are still looking for sponsors to make sure the town ushers in the new year with a bang.
Mr Dobbs said the chamber currently had about half the money needed to put on a double show.
“The Chamber undertakes the fireworks because many visitors come to our town for this occasion and they have an expectation of some event to mark the transition to a new year,” he said.
“Visitors mean business and that is a function of the Chamber - our local community also benefits in celebrating the new year.
“Cairns Regional Council has contributed $3000, and the Chamber, the Court House Hotel and the Combined Club have pledged another $3000 but we need about another $6000.”
While the chamber is approaching businesses to contribute to the festivities, Mr Dobbs said anyone could chip in through the chamber’s website.
If individuals want to help out, they can go to www.portdouglaschamber.com.au/ nye.