Donna Huff and Nathan Inwood celebrate New Year's Eve at the Gladstone Yacht Club.
Donna Huff and Nathan Inwood celebrate New Year's Eve at the Gladstone Yacht Club. Tom Huntley

Plenty of celebrations as Gladstone welcomes new year

THERE were plenty of celebrations around the Gladstone region on New Year's Eve as residents welcomed 2013 in a relaxed style.

A holiday-maker crowd descended upon the beachside area of Agnes Water and many saw in the new year at the Agnes Water Tavern.

Gladstone local pubs put on live bands for patrons choosing a chilled night out with friends, while the younger crowd danced the night away at The Reef and Bojangles clubs to guest DJs.

Those who decided to stay home enjoyed the only legal fireworks in the region, which were displayed on TV from Australia's capital cities.

Gladstone Police congratulated revellers in the Gladstone CBD, with a majority attending being well behaved.

Six people were arrested on nine charges for public order-related offences. 

Senior Sergeant Garry Sweeney said about 650 people had attended functions at licensed premises in the CBD. 

"Police were pleased with the overall behaviour of party goers," he said.

"We are pleased people are receiving our message that violent or threatening behaviour in the CBD will not be tolerated and will be quickly resolved by patrolling police."

As party-goers wake for the new year, the weather forecast suggests New Year's Day might be a good day to enjoy the new year from the comfort of your home.

A possible thunderstorm with a top of 29 degrees is predicted, and there will be winds from tropical cyclone Freda, which has been travelling south-east from the Solomon Islands to New Caledonia.

If the sun doesn't come out, a trip to the Gladstone Cinemas may be your chance to catch one of the blockbuster Boxing Day releases such as The Hobbit and Les Miserables.

New Year's Day is a public holiday so many places won't be open, but it's never too early to start on those new year resolutions.

Get your fitness up with a jog through Canoe Point over to Tannum Sands beach, or beat the pavement in Gladstone along Police Creek or Spinnaker Park.



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