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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Brisbane set to fire off biggest-ever NYE display

Brisbane residents are invited to ring in 2024 at the city’s biggest-ever New Year’s Eve firework display.

Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said spectators could expect to see 80,000 individual fireworks illuminate Brisbane’s skyline.

“This is one of the best events of the year and it really demonstrates why Brisbane is renowned for its fantastic lifestyle,” he said.

“We’re expecting 85,000 people to gather at vantage points across the city to watch the show.

“We have several new Queensland-first fireworks including strobing green waterfalls and fire tree fan cakes.

“With free 10-minute firework shows at 8.30pm and midnight, we’re making sure no one has to miss out. The team have gone above and beyond with their imaginations to pull this incredible display together.

“With 20,000 more fireworks than last year, it’s set to be the biggest and best show in Brisbane’s history.”

Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Chair, Councillor Vicki Howard thanked the highly skilled team from Skylighter Fireworks, who have spent months planning the display. 

“Local Brisbane business, Skylighter Fireworks does an incredible job each year and we know residents love their work,” she said.

“Over the past few days, five tonnes of fireworks have been loaded on to four barges on the Brisbane River.

“These barges will be positioned between Cultural Forecourt and River Quay creating several vantage points for residents to view the free display.”

Cr Schrinner said with some road closures in place in the lead up to the big event, public transport would be the best option to get around.

“To help keep costs down, free travel will be available on buses, trains and ferries from 8pm New Year’s Eve until 5.30am New Year’s Day,” he said.

“For those hoping to avoid traffic, our network of 2180 parks provide a great free option for a family gathering.

“If you’re looking for more to do during the rest of the holidays, visit our Council website to find a huge range of free and affordable events.

“We’re committed to keeping costs down for families while ensuring everyone continues to enjoy Brisbane’s renowned lifestyle.

“I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year.”

Buses will operate on a normal Saturday timetable on New Year’s Eve, with additional services to help people travel into the CBD for the fireworks display and then home again afterwards.

For more information on the fireworks visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and for travel updates and timetables, visit www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.

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