Celebrating crowds well behaved
PARTYGOERS were out in force to see in the new year on Saturday night, but police said the crowds of people at the city's night spots were generally well behaved.
As people crammed into the city's pubs or wandered the streets of the CBD police were out in force making sure revellers behaved themselves.
Police deliberately kept a high profile to stop any trouble before it got started.
Bundaberg police Sergeant Nick Ward said between 10pm on Saturday night and 6am on Sunday morning, nine people were either issued with infringement notices or charged.
He said most of the offences committed involved public urination, public nuisance, wilful damage or obstructing police.
Three low-to-mid-range drink-drivers were caught.
"People in Bundaberg generally behaved themselves and were compliant with police orders," Sgt Ward said.
Sgt Ward said Bundaberg police on the streets were joined by officers from Maryborough, as well as Traffic Branch and plainclothes officers.
Bundaberg police Superintendent Rowan Bond, who was out on the street co-ordinating operations on Saturday night, said there was a large police presence on the streets of Bundaberg and in Bargara.
He said there was a high visibility of police throughout the city's hotels to dissuade poor behaviour, and plenty of random breath testing units were deployed.
"He said underage drinking and drunkenness were high targets for police on Saturday night.
"We have responded to a few calls throughout the night but so far they have been reasonably good," he said.
"Mostly everyone has been well behaved."
One unusual display lighting up the night on Saturday was a fireworks show from a Brisbane-based company.
Tony Carbanuci of Vulcan Fireworks put on two shows, one for the kids at 9pm and another at midnight from his family's property in North Bundaberg.
"I grew up in Bundaberg and I just wanted to do it for the family," he said.
"We had a laser show as well."
Mr Carbanuci said he had wanted to put on the show last year, but the summer floods intervened.
He said the two shows cost a total of about $10,000.
"Everyone's asking us if we can bring it back next year, but we'll just have to wait and see," he said.
Mr Carbanuci said he had turned down a few jobs to be able to do the show in Bundaberg.
"A lot of people around this area had a great show here on the night," he said.