Break in weather ensures fireworks

A WELCOME break in wet weather will allow people to celebrate New Year's Eve across south-east Queensland.

With clear skies predicted, nothing should prevent two fireworks displays on the banks of the Brisbane River going ahead in the Brisbane CBD.

The first display will be fired up at 8.30pm and the second will light up the sky on the stroke of midnight.

Garage band British India will headline a concert at South Bank's Suncorp Piazza, while Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Blind Side will be screened for free from 4pm in the Cultural Forecourt.

Brisbane City Council is warning revellers to be patient when catching public transport as ferry services will be halted during the fireworks.

The inner-city ferry terminals at QUT Gardens Point will be closed from 6.30pm.

Gold Coast police will signifi- cantly increase officer numbers in the entertainment precinct and have asked revellers to show restraint if they are faced with a potentially violent situation.

“While we hope celebrations are enjoyed by all, police also recog- nise that personal safety can be compromised in large crowds,” Acting Superintendent Paul Ziebarth said.

“There will be additional officers on duty in the entertainment precincts on the Gold Coast, including specialist officers from the dog squad, the mounted police and water police.

“We ask that people take responsibility for their own behaviour, treat other members of the community with respect and avoid aggravating interactions with others.”

The RSPCA has warned pet owners to take special precautions and make sure their pets are safe and secure tonight.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Ipswich forecast is fine with an expected high of 29 degrees.

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