Fire­works to light up sky

Sail­ing Club to host Air­lie Beach New Year’s Eve com­mu­nity event

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Monique Pre­ston monique.pre­[email protected]­sun­day­

NEW Year’s Eve fire­works will be on in Air­lie Beach again this year, but they will be at a dif­fer­ent venue.

This year Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club will host the event in the down­stairs out­side area of the club.

Pre­vi­ously peo­ple had watched the an­nual fire­works from the Air­lie Beach fore­shore but, with the area closed for works, the sail­ing club stepped up so that lo­cals and vis­i­tors could still en­joy what has be­come an an­nual event.

There will be two lots of fire­works on the night – one at the fam­ily friendly time of 9pm, be­fore an­other set will ring in the new year at mid­night.

The New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion will be held from 6pm un­til 1am and en­try is free.

Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club venue man­ager Stacy Har­vey said live mu­sic, DJs and en­ter­tain­ment would also form part of the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

There will also be food stalls and a bar will be open for peo­ple to en­joy a drink while they watch the fire­works. Up­stairs the club will also be open for two din­ner sit­tings – 6pm and 8.30pm and book­ings are es­sen­tial for this.

Miss Har­vey said the club de­cided to step up and host the fire­works so the com­mu­nity could still hold its cel­e­bra­tions to ring in the new year.

“It would be ter­ri­ble if we didn’t have fire­works,” she said.

“The sail­ing club stepped in when they re­alised with­out the fore­shore there wouldn’t be a good view­ing area.

“We wanted tourists and lo­cals to en­joy Air­lie Beach with­out miss­ing out be­cause of the fore­shore de­vel­op­ment.

“It’s go­ing to be a great fam­ily event. It’s a chance for the com­mu­nity to get to­gether and cel­e­brate the begin­ning of 2019.”

Miss Har­vey said ev­ery­one was in­vited.

The fire­works are funded by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Whit­sun­day Cham­ber of Com­merce and lo­cal busi­nesses.

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