New Year set to go off without a bang...again
NEW Year's Eve will go off without a bang again this year with no public fireworks planned.
Long-term resident Monique St Pierre moved to Gladstone in 1993 but said the only time she could remember fireworks was in 2000.
"Everywhere else, New Year's Eve is a big deal with families going out and watching the fireworks, but not in Gladstone," she said.
"It's so disappointing."
She said it was annoying for her family, and because they couldn't do anything about it, they left town and went camping.
"When we want to do something different and celebrate with the kids we go camping instead."
Gladstone Festival and Events co-ordinator Jen Russell said New Year's Eve was often one of the most expensive events to organise and it was always difficult to secure sponsorship for the occasion.
"We've been trying to get funding for an event this year, but no-one is interested," she said.
"What people don't realise is that (costs) start at $20,000. You have to pay for all the extras like security, lights and premium rates for the entertainers."
She said it was not any one organisation's responsibility to host a New Year's Eve event, or anyone's fault there were no major events organised this year.
"Multiple organisations could throw a party," she said.
Ms Russell said "because it's expensive and difficult to organise, and lots of people leave town for the holidays", the evening was dropping off the radar.
"We have more than 12 events with fireworks throughout the year in Gladstone," she said.
"Unfortunately New Year's Eve isn't one of them."
Where can you catch fireworks throughout the year:
- Australia Day
- Harbour Festival
- Carols by Candlelight
- GPC Centenary Sounds
- Gladstone Show
- Mt Larcom Show
- Corporate family fun days