The Fraser Coast council has abandoned New Year’s Eve parties to focus on Carols by Candlelight instead, which last year featured the Bay Community Youth Choir.
The Fraser Coast council has abandoned New Year’s Eve parties to focus on Carols by Candlelight instead, which last year featured the Bay Community Youth Choir. File photo

New Year parties get the chop

NEW YEAR’S Eve parties have been axed from the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s budget this year in favour of Carols by Candlelight.

Councillor Anne Nioa confirmed the changes yesterday in a move to quash rumours the council was only holding a New Year’s Eve party for Hervey Bay.

“We consolidated all the budget for New Year’s Eve and Christmas events across the Fraser Coast and decided that we would hold two really nice carols by candlelight events,” she said.

“One will be held in Hervey Bay and one will be held in Maryborough.

“We’re not doing anything across the region for New Year’s.”

Ms Nioa said the decision to “consolidate the revenue” to Carols by Candlelight was because New Year’s Eve was more “commercially orientated, whereas Carols by Candlelight will be really directed at families”.

Hervey Bay’s Carols by Candlelight will be at Seafront Oval this Saturday from 4pm to 8.30pm.

Entertainment will include free children’s rides, an internationally acclaimed juggler, live Christmas jazz, contemporary Christian singer Daniel Kay, the Hooley Dooleys, carols and fireworks.

Maryborough’s will be held on Sunday in Queens Park from 4pm to 8.30pm and will also feature free children’s rides – including the Mary Ann Steam Train.

Live entertainment will include the Hot Dogs Rock n Roll Band, magic shows, carols, the Tracy Wright Festive Chorus and fireworks.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve held Carols by Candlelight in Queens Park so it should be really lovely,” Ms Nioa said.

For more information on the events visit www.festivefrasercoast.com.au



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