NYE party verdict nears
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale says a decision will be made today about whether the city's New Year's Eve celebrations go ahead.
The community carnival is scheduled to start at 6pm on Friday at Timothy Molony Park opposite St Mary's Catholic Church.
But like many plans this week, the free Ipswich City Council event with media partners including Channel Nine, the Queensland Times and River 94.9FM is under threat from rain.
“We'll assess the situation tomorrow and we'll make a decision tomorrow night,” Cr Pisasale said yesterday.
“We're going to get some expert weather opinion. The weather has changed; the wind has turned to the north and some of the forecasters are saying the weather is clearing up.”
He said the alcohol and cigarette-free night was expected to feature rides, performers, music videos and fireworks at 8pm and midnight.
The event was planned as a celebration to mark the end of the 150th year since Ipswich was declared a municipality with the fireworks displays a suitable finale.
“It will be nice to have it go ahead but we won't jeopardise people's safety or the park,” he said.