Say goodbye to 2011 in style
IPSWICH people are being urged to help ensure the city's New Year's Eve celebration is a party to remember.
This year, for the first time, the annual public party will be held at the North Ipswich Reserve.
The reserve was recently the stage for the spectacular Australian Motocross Championships and will be decked out on December 31 so that an expected record crowd can party on into 2012.
Ipswich City Council community engagement committee chairman Heather Morrow said the celebration had outgrown its venue of the past three years - Timothy Malony Park - with crowds of 10,000 bursting the park at the seams.
"Given the growth in popularity of the night we have made the decision to switch to a bigger venue to cater for a further expected increase in crowd numbers on the night," she said.
"By basing the event at the North Ipswich Reserve we are ensuring that we have room to accommodate the increasing number of people who want to welcome in the new year."
Entertainment for the 2011 event includes free rides, movies, food stalls, live entertainment and two fireworks displays.
Also for the kids, organisers have promised performances by Slam Dunk, Rhett and Tilly and Beauty and the Beats.
After the 8pm fireworks kids will enjoy a screening of the movie Bolt, starring John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.
The band Rhythm in Red will then play a mix of Elton John and other great covers and there will be a presentation of one-hit wonder film clips playing.
This is all in the lead-up to the big moment when the fireworks blast in the New Year.
Due to the family focus, the celebration is strictly cigarette and alcohol free.
"New Year's Eve will provide us with the ideal opportunity to remember what has gone before and set our sights on where we still need to head," Cr Morrow said.
"After a year that has been tough and draining for many people hopefully the start of another year will further help to heal some wounds and help them move forward towards a much brighter future."
Mayor Paul Pisasale said previous New Years Eve events were popular as local residents had enjoyed having a local event to attend rather than having to travel outside the city.
"The North Ipswich venue is much bigger and much safer - it's great for the city to be able to host its own family friendly celebration," Cr Pisasale said.
The North Ipswich Reserve is located at 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich.
The New Year's Eve party will commence at 6pm on Saturday, December 31.