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Wollongong gets set to see in 2013

Wollongong will see in the new year with a massive fireworks display over the harbour. PHOTO: Wollongong.com

Wollongong will see in the new year with a massive fireworks display over the harbour. PHOTO: Wollongong.com

MORE than 15,000 people are expected to gather around Wollongong City’s forshore from 5pm on Monday December 31 to see in 2013.

The family-friendly, alcohol free New Year Eve event includes live music from the City of Wollongong Brass Band and jazz group The Cats O’ Plenty, amusement rides and a wide selection of food stands. There’ll also be face-painting, show bags and stalls selling a range of glow-in-the-dark knickknacks.

The highlight of the night is a spectacular fireworks display at 9.30pm. The fireworks are sponsored by Bulli-based manufacturing company Vesuvius Australia.

Before the fireworks, there’ll be a special laser show that’ll be focused on and around the old lighthouse at Belmore Basin.

Wollongong City Council’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are always a highlight for Illawarra families. Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“Our New Year’s Eve event offers a little something for everyone – great food, rides and live entertainment, as well as the chance to come and support the local basketball team who are doing the city proud at the moment. Factor in some top fireworks and that you can be home in time to watch Sydney’s midnight fireworks on television and it’s the perfect night out I think,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

Members of the Wollongong Hawks will drop into the festivities to sign autographs and meet fans following their match against the Melbourne Tigers at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. Tip-off is at 6.30pm.

The amusement rides in Lang Park will also be open on New Year’s Day.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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