A fond farewell

Heap of events will help twin cities see in new year

Townsville Bulletin - - Nye — Party Central - By RACHELLE CHAP­MAN

DUST off that party gear, peo­ple — it’s al­most time to bid 2006 farewell.

Par­ty­go­ers have plenty of New Year’s Eve op­tions this year, with both Townsville and Thuringowa play­ing host to stylish and fun cel­e­bra­tions.

The Townsville skies will light up twice to­mor­row, with spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­plays sched­uled for 7.30pm and mid­night.

Townsville City Coun­cil act­ingdeputy mayor Cr Jack Wil­son said the early dis­play was aimed at fam­i­lies with young chil­dren, who could take a pic­nic din­ner down to the prime lo­ca­tion and avoid a late night out.

Cr Wil­son said par­ents should grab a spot alongthe wa­ter park end of The Strand for the best view­ing.

The early dis­play was a new ad­di­tion this year, aimed at bet­ter catering­for young­fam­i­lies.

‘‘It is of­ten dis­ap­point­ing­for chil­dren who can’t stay up for the main event,’’ Cr Wil­son said.

The main fire­works dis­play will fire up from Break­wa­ter Is­land, with good views ex­pected any­where alongThe Strand.

But Flin­ders St East rev­ellers won’t be left out of the light show, with a sec­ond mid­night fire­works dis­play to set alight the sky above the Dean St car park.

‘‘Peo­ple can ex­pect a great show,’’ Cr Wil­son said.

Mean­while at Thuringowa, or­gan­is­ers are puttingthe fi­nal touches on River­way, ready for a big­nig ht of cel­e­bra­tions tipped to at­tract more than 10,000 rev­ellers.

An ex­cit­ing pro­gram has been or­gan­ised in­clud­inglive en­ter­tain­ment, fire dancers and, of course, a mid­night fire­works dis­play.

Thuringowa Mayor Cr Les Tyrell said fes­tiv­i­ties would kick off from 7pm and wrap up at 1am, with blues band Lone­some Trio, jazz band Cap­tain Nemo and rock bands Dr Jack and Mer­lin’s Traf­fic keep­ingthe crowd en­ter­tained at the am­phithe­atre.

‘‘It’s our first year host­ingNew Year cel­e­bra­tions at River­way and we in­tend to make it some­thingto re­mem­ber,’’ Cr Tyrell said.

‘‘The em­pha­sis is on fun for the whole fam­ily.

‘‘There will be ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment to suit all ages and tastes in a fun and su­per­vised set­ting.’’

A fire and dance per­for­mance by Jack and the Fire Femmes, amuse­ment rides for the kids, street per­form­ers and swim­ming­will be part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

The pop­u­lar mul­ti­cul­tural food court will be op­er­atin­gin the vil­lage spine and a li­censed bar area will be op­er­at­ing, al­though no BYO al­co­hol will be per­mit­ted.

Ka­rina and Wildy from SEA-FM will com­pere the la­goon stage while Scotty Hil­lier from Creek­toCoa­s­tand Queens­land Week­ender will com­pere the am­phithe­atre stage.

Cr Tyrell said the high­light of the night would be the mid­night fire­works which will light up the sky over the Ross River.

‘‘It will be very spec­tac­u­lar, the per­fect way to say good­bye to 2006 and wel­come in 2007,’’ Cr Tyrell said.

The Townsville Croc­o­diles will take on the Melbourne Tigers at 8pm on New Year’s Eve at the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

A North Queens­land Opera and Mu­sic Theatre ( NQOMT) con­cert at the Townsville Civic Theatre was ex­pected to draw bigcrowds, kickingoff at 8pm.

The NYE 06, mu­si­cals.com con­cert is in­spired by the mod­ern in­ter­net cul­ture and will take you on a web-surf­ing jour­ney to find out ev­ery­thingth­ere is to know about mu­si­cals and more.

Con­cert pa­trons can count down the New Year with the cast.

Tick­ets are sell­ing­fast and cost $25 for adults, $22 con­ces­sion and $15 for chil­dren 14 and un­der.

Con­tact the Tick­etShop on 4727 9797 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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BIG NIGHT . . . Tom Aubrey is one of those re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up for New Year’s Eve at River­way

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