Why no New Year's Eve fireworks in Gladstone?
Why no New Year's Eve fireworks in Gladstone? Brenda Strong

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With no organised events, residents have had to plan a trip, their own party or simply go to bed.

For those new to the city, like Nord Eje, it's going to be a quiet night at home.

"I don't have any family in Australia," he said.

"I will drink some bottled beer and watch the big candle.

"If something was organised I would like to be there."

Mary Amoa said her family was going away because there wasn't anything else to do.

"My husband works really hard and he has New Year's Day off so he deserves to have some fun," she said.

"The kids were hoping on some fireworks at the marina but nothing has been organised so we have decided to go to Rockhampton."

Matthew Wyvill was from Rockhampton and assumed Gladstone would have fireworks.

"We have fireworks on the riverbanks," Mr Wyvill said yesterday.

"(I thought) there would be something similar here but I haven't heard of anything."

Maddie Roscoe, 15, said the city needed to cater for younger people.

"There are the pubs for everyone over 18 but nothing for us," she said.

"It would be great if they could organise an under-age thing."

The options for young people had also been a talking point for Mimi Andrews.

"I'm not surprised there is nothing on, we are in Gladstone," Ms Andrew said.

"All of the young ones are complaining that there's nothing happening and that's fair enough."

Meanwhile, Karen White had experienced a quiet Gladstone New Year's Eve on previous occasions.

"If you want to go out for a quiet night, New Year's Eve is the perfect time of the year to do it," Ms White said jokingly.

"There is nothing to do."



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