New Years Eve 2016: Families line South Bank for double firework display

DECEMBER 31 2016 – 9:47PM

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Thousands have lined South Bank to bring in the new year with a bang, with a double firework display to captivate the young and old.

About 90,000 people were estimated to have packed into South Bank to watch the annual fireworks display at 8.30pm, while many thousands more watched on from Eagle Street Pier and Portside at Hamilton for simultaneous displays.

Plenty of families set up camp on the grass by the Brisbane River and for some it was their first time at the New Year’s Eve firework display, including the L’Estrange family.

“It’s nice to feel the community spirit here tonight and be with a lot of people,” Marissa L’Estrange said.BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: The Eve and Chapel family celebrate New Year's Eve at South Bank on December 31, 2016 ...

Daughter Hannah had been looking forward to “lots of sparkles” and her New Year’s resolution was to “get a unicorn”.

It was also the first New Year’s Eve fireworks display at South Bank for the Van Heerdens, who hoped to “make the best of every moment and enjoy this beautiful country” in 2017.

Meanwhile Philip Omot and his family, who immigrated from South Sudan eight years ago, were looking forward to joining the hundreds of other families for a spectacular firework display.

“It’s very good, we enjoy coming here because there’s so many different cultures and different diversities,” Mr Omot said.

Onlookers were treated to an early firework display of about 10 minutes that included aquatic fireworks, butterfly-shaped fireworks and new aerial shells.Crowds eagerly await fireworks at South Bank during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Skylighter Fireworx director Max Brunner said there would be bridge-to-bridge fireworks.

“Wherever you end up along the Clem Jones Promenade, you’re going to get a front row seat to the fireworks,” Mr Brunner said.

Otong Obang, Philip Omot, Azhel Oman, Abango Obang and Kwan Obang (left to right) were looking forward to spending New ...

“It’s a big challenge to come back to the same venue and present something all new and spectacular and keep raising the bar.

“I’m sure people who come back year after year to all these precincts will get an amazing new experience.”It was the first time witnessing the New Years Eve fireworks display at South Bank for Juanita and Johan Van Heerden ...

The fireworks were set to a top 40 soundtrack featuring a special tribute to Prince and Gene Wilder at midnight.

Police and ambulance crews were also out in force, with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart promising Queenslanders there was no known terror threat in the state.

However, concrete blocks were placed on the Gold Coast to protect those celebrating the new year.

The cube-shaped blocks, more than a metre in size, were placed in Cavill Mall about lunch-time to prevent vehicles driving through the crowds expected to gather.

Road closures – Northside, CBD

Road closures will be in place across the CBD and South Brisbane from about 5.30pm on Saturday.

The following roads will be closed from 5.30pm Saturday, December 31 to 2am Sunday, January 1:

  • Victoria Bridge, between Melbourne Street and North Quay
  • Victoria Bridge, western pedestrian footway, between Melbourne Street and North Quay
  • North Quay, between Ann and Adelaide streets
  • North Quay, between Adelaide and Queen streets
  • Adelaide St, between George Street and North Quay
  • William St, between Elizabeth and Queen streets
  • Queen’s Wharf Road, closed at William Street

The following road will be closed from 8pm Saturday, December 31 to 2am Sunday, January 1:

  • George Street, between Elizabeth and Adelaide streets

Road closures – Southside

The following road will be closed from 12.30am Saturday, December 31 to 3pm Sunday, January 1:

  • Little Stanley Street, between Tribune and Glenelg streets

The following road will be closed from 2pm Saturday, December 31 to 2am Sunday, January 1:

  • Colchester Street, between Ernest and Tribune streets

The following roads will be closed from 6pm Saturday, December 31 to 2am Sunday, January 1:

  • Colchester Street, between Tribune and Vulture streets
  • Russell Street, between Grey Street and Brisbane River
  • Glenelg Street, access maintained for South Bank carpark, Rydges and Mantra, except between 8pm and 9.30pm and 11.30pm and 1.30am, between Merivale and Grey streets
  • Ernest Street, access maintained for Thiess and South Bank Cinemas, except between 8pm and 9.30pm and 11.30pm and 1.30am, between Merivale and Grey streets
  • Melbourne Street, between Merivale Street and Victoria Bridge
  • Hope Street, between Fish Lane and Melbourne Street
  • Grey Street, between Peel and Tribune Street
  • Grey Street, closed to inbound traffic, between Tribune and Vulture streets
  • Tribune Street, access maintained for 199 on Grey St and the Galleria, except between 8pm and 9.30pm and 11.30pm and 1.30am, between Merivale Street and South Bank Parklands
  • Merivale Street, left turn only lane into Melbourne Street
  • Stanley Place, left turn slip lane onto Grey Street
  • Vulture Street, right hand turn lane onto Grey Street
  • Vulture Street, left hand turn lane onto Grey Street

The following road will be closed from 11.30pm Saturday, December 31 to 2am Sunday, January 1:

  • Cordelia Street, kerbside lane closure, between Ernest and Russell streets

Road closures at Kangaroo Point

The following roads will be closed from 7pm on Saturday, December 31 to 2am Sunday, January 1:

  • The steps, leading down from River Terrace, near Kangaroo Point TAFE
  • The pathway and steps, leading down from River Terrace, near the rotunda
  • Vehicle access road, to the bottom of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs

 

Source : Brisbane Times

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