Bendigo New Year set to go off with a bang

THE New Year will be celebrated with a bang thanks to the City of Greater Bendigo’s annual fireworks display.

The 10-minute show will be launched near the Rosalind Park lookout tower at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

A 30-metre exclusion zone will surround the tower and the car park off Gaol Road will be closed from 7am on Monday until about 9am on Tuesday.

City of Greater Bendigo acting community and cultural development manager Maureen Tessier said Bendigo’s Rosalind Park would be an exciting place to view the fireworks.

“There’s a real buzz around town,” Ms Tessier said.

“The fireworks are spectacular in themselves and certainly it’s something friends and families like to do together to celebrate the New Year in.”

Ms Tessier said council had worked hard to make sure it was a family-friendly event, including banning alcohol within Bendigo’s CBD. 

The proclaimed area is bound by Don and Myrtle streets, Barnard Street, Water and Baxter streets and Bramble, Mundy and McLaren streets.

“There will be police around patrolling the area so families are very welcome,” Ms Tessier said.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell also reminded pet owners to look after their pets during the celebrations.

“While we all love the fireworks the noise that they make can often frighten animals and so I would like to remind residents to make sure that their pets are securely confined on New Year’s Eve,” she said.

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