Fireworks to light up sky
Sailing Club to host Airlie Beach New Year’s Eve community event
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.