A fond farewell
Heap of events will help twin cities see in new year
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.
BIG NIGHT . . . Tom Aubrey is one of those responsible for setting up for New Year’s Eve at Riverway