Crowds were on their best behaviour for the new year
POLICE have hailed the behaviour of the crowds of people who turned out to celebrate New Year's Eve in Bundaberg on Tuesday night.
And organisers of the first ever Bargara New Year's Eve fireworks were also celebrating the success of their event.
Bundaberg Police spokesman Sergeant Mike McLellan said the crowds of people seeing in the new year had behaved very well.
"We were very happy with the way people behaved," he said.
"We had a few noise complaints but that happens on New Year's Eve."
Sgt McLellan said police caught only one drink driver and there were no serious car accidents.
He said the arrests police made were mostly public nuisance offences.
Sgt McLellan said there were 12 people arrested for 13 public nuisance offences.
Another seven people were arrested for obstructing police.
"That was probably down on previous years," he said.
"The message is getting across - don't drink to excess, look after your mate and do the right thing."
Sgt McLellan said the people who were arrested would appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court later in the year.
Meanwhile, organisers of the fireworks at Bargara are already planning for next New Year's Eve after the success of the celebrations on Tuesday night.
Michael Owens, one of the organisers, said the evening went very well and exceeded their expectations.
"The 9.30 fireworks were very well received, and the focus was on families," he said.
"About 3500 people turned out for that.
"I must admit I was surprised."
He said the crowd was down for the midnight fireworks, but the organisers expected that.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said there was an excellent crowd for the fireworks held in the city.
My guesstimate would be between 5500 and 8000 people," he said.
"At the 8pm fireworks there was a very big crowd with families and children," he said.
"There was a very positive response to the midnight fireworks as well."
Cr Forman said a lot of people told him they wanted to have fireworks every year, and he would be talking to Bundaberg Regional Council about that.