Busy New Year's Eve for police
IPSWICH police have had a busy start to the New Year, responding to more than 100 calls in just eight hours.
Ipswich police communications co-ordinator Sergeant Tony O’Meara said between the hours of 11am Friday and 7am Saturday, officers had been called out to 140 jobs.
“It was a busy night for us,” Sgt O’Meara said.
He said police had responded to calls about loud parties, domestic disturbances and traffic complaints.
Sgt O’Meara said the majority of calls had occurred in Goodna and the Ipswich CBD.
He said revellers at the city’s main celebration at Timothy Molony Park for the most part had behaved well.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said up to 5000 had packed into the popular local park to take in the free community celebration.
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 families, with the Pookie Doos for the kids and Celebration performing four decades of hits.
Cr Pisasale said the event had given people an affordable way to see in the New Year.
“In these tough times, it is good to offer these sort of events,” he said.
He said the highlight for many had been the two spectacular fireworks displays, with one at the family-friendly time of 8pm and the other at midnight for ‘adults’.
“Everyone loved the fireworks,” Cr Pisasale said.
“They were spectacular.”