Port Douglas ready to ring in the New Year with a bang


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FIREY: Anzac Park will be lit up from the ground and the sky this New Year's Eve. Image: Supplied.

The Douglas Shire’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display has a new time slot for the kid’s and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Along with the customary fireworks displays to ring in the New Year, Council will be staging a light show at Anzac Park, Port Douglas from dusk on 31 December. 

The early fireworks display has been bought forward to 8.00pm instead of 8.30pm to allow for more families to join in the fun and excitement.

For the last 20 years, Cairns-based Xplosive Art has been responsible for the fireworks display in Port Douglas and director Mike Newman said this year has a few special new additions.

“We’ve got all the old favourites as well as some lovely new effects,” he said.

“The finale will be a big nice gold crackling finale and we’ve also got these lovely new gold palm effects that burst like a palm tree so look out for those.”

Mr Newman said ensuring the fireworks in Port Douglas are spectacular year after year takes a lot of work and coordination.

“It comes down to the choreography; ensuring the right colours and effects create highs and lows in the show, just like any stage performance.  

“Colours have an important effect on emotions so for high points in the show use red to build emotions and up to a crescendo then bring it back down with some silver sparkling effects.

“We are creating lots of highs and lows because that’s what everyone enjoys.”

The midnight fireworks display in Port Douglas will mirror the displays in Cairns and Palm Cove, which are also coordinated and executed by Xplosive Art.

“What we are aiming to do is market the tropical region on a national level, if we can,” Mr Newman said. 

“Because the three displays are synchronised, we want people to know that wherever they go on the tropical coast, they are going to see a top-notch show in the region.”

A party soundtrack will also count down to the two fireworks displays in Port Douglas to create a family-friendly party atmosphere to the annual tradition.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said New Year’s Eve always is a great night in Port Douglas and this year is no exception.

“The double-header fireworks show is always a crowd favourite,” she said.

“The town’s restaurants and bars get a good kick out of New Year’s Eve celebrations and I encourage everyone to make a night of it.

“A new family friendly time of 8pm will encourage more families to head into town, soak up the atmosphere and bring in 2019 in spectacular fashion.”



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