News

People of all ages gather to welcome in new year on Coast

Lauren , 2, and Christine Fox and Pamela Parfitt from Ipswich at the New Year's Eve celebrations at Torquay.
Lauren , 2, and Christine Fox and Pamela Parfitt from Ipswich at the New Year's Eve celebrations at Torquay. Alistair Brightman

 

REVELLERS welcomed in 2013 with the popping of champagne corks and fireworks across the Fraser Coast.

In Maryborough, families gathered at Newtown Oval to celebrate the arrival of the new year, with hundreds of people joining in the celebrations.

The Maryborough Cricket club hosted the event, with manager Andrew Burgess playing a key role in getting the celebrations organised.

It was the second year the club had hosted the event.

Last year, there had been no volunteers to host new year celebrations so the cricket club made a last-minute decision to host it, Andrew said.

That meant the club had not been able to prepare as much it would have liked.

This year the club made up for it, with rides, fireworks at 9pm, a band, an outdoor and indoor bar and lolly drops for the kids courtesy of the Maryborough Aeromoddlers Club.

"It was excellent. I can't complain at all," Andrew said.

Next year the event may well be bigger and better, with the club again planning to host the celebrations.

Depending on the amount of council support, there might even be midnight fireworks next year, Andrew said.

In Hervey Bay, people of all ages gathered in Torquay where a colourful fireworks display at 9pm entertained a tightly packed crowd.

Then the festivities got serious at licensed premises and restaurants until the clock ticked over to midnight.

Topics:  fireworks, fraser coast, new year, new year's eve




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bay retiree travels hours to see his doctors

Bay retiree Alan Roker travels hours to see his doctors

Jobs at the top of our budget wish list

TobrukRan81175 HMAS Tobruk

The Fraser Coast wants to see investment in jobs and infrastructure

FCO to face restructure

Fraser Coast Opportunities could become insolvent without funding

Latest deals and offers

Lifesaving Patrol Season Ends

End of patrol season by lifesavers until September - heading for the clubhouse are (L) Taiya Hancock, Helen, Ron and Clay Thomas and Brock McGrath from the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club at Torquay. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Hervey Bay lifesavers have finished patrols at Torquay Beach until September.

Worlds Greatest Pubfest 2016

The Ders cross a road at the 2016 World's Greatest Pub Fest in Maryborough. Photo: Jocelyn Watts / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Some of the action from PubFest 2016 as revellers make their way around 13 pubs in...

Bucking good night at Hervey Bay PBR

Thousands turn out for Hervey Bay's PBR ride.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances