Rear from left, Michael Jeffrey and Sarah King, of Grafton, and Karen Jeffrey and Simon Davis, of Fernvale, and front from left, Corbin Jeffrey, 6, Ellie-Mai Jeffrey, 2, Deakon Jeffrey, 4, Charlotte Jeffrey, 6, and Talia Jeffrey, 11.
Rear from left, Michael Jeffrey and Sarah King, of Grafton, and Karen Jeffrey and Simon Davis, of Fernvale, and front from left, Corbin Jeffrey, 6, Ellie-Mai Jeffrey, 2, Deakon Jeffrey, 4, Charlotte Jeffrey, 6, and Talia Jeffrey, 11.

Families ring in New Year

IPSWICH has farewelled 2010 in style, ringing in the new year at Timothy Molony Park.

Hundreds of families flooded into the park to take in the two spectacular fireworks displays and enjoy the rides and entertainment.

Conducted by Ipswich City Council with media partners including Channel Nine, The Queensland Times and River 94.9FM, the event offered a free night of entertainment for local families, with the Pookie Doos for the kids and Celebration performing four decades of hits.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the event had given people the opportunity to see the new year in without breaking the budget.

“Last night was a special time for people,” Cr Pisasale said.

“We have realised, as a council, many families are feeling the pinch financially, which is why we wanted to offer the free celebration.”

Cr Pisasale said the event brought to an end the city's historic year, 150 years since being proclaimed a municipality.

“The year 2010 has been one of the biggest year's our city has had and we wanted as many people as possible to help us celebrate the culmination of this historic event,” he said.

“We have built pride and respect in our 150th year.

“Everywhere you go people are talking about what a great city we have.”

Fernvale resident Karen Jeffrey enjoyed the festivities accompanied by her two young daughters, six-year-old Charlotte and 11-year-old Talia.

“The kids had such a nice time last year we thought we would come again this year,” she said.

She said the night was the perfect way to spend time with her brother Michael, up on a visit from Grafton, and his family.

“We came to see the fireworks and to spend some time together as a family,” Ms Jeffrey said.

She said the cost-free aspect of the event was very welcome.

“After Christmas when you have spent so much, it is good to have something free and family-oriented,” Ms Jeffrey said.

“The fact you could bring your own esky and not have to brave traffic makes it even better.”

While their home town might be inundated with water, Emerald residents eight-year-old Jack and 11-year-old Olivia Markey had a ball trying their hand at the rock climbing wall.



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