THOUSANDS of people watched New Year’s Eve fireworks held at Mindarie Marina, the first after nine-year hiatus.
A 15-minute display scheduled for 8pm on December 31 attracted people from across the northern suburbs, with families finding spots to watch the show around the boardwalk, canal, marina and along the coast.
Operations director David Bornmann said The Marina Mindarie team would look at ways to improve what they hope will become an annual event.
“The event was well patronised and enjoyed by the local community and was enhanced by additional entertainment,” he said.
“Overall the feedback has been very positive with no major issues reported on the night.
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“As is the way when The Marina Mindarie hosts its community-based events, we constantly look at ways of improving the experience for our valued community members and that is the case with regards the New Year’s fireworks event.
“Over the coming weeks the team will look at ways of making what we hope will become an annual community event even more enjoyable for local families to enjoy as 2018 draws to a close.”
Mr Bornmann said the event was supported by Clarkson Police Station and Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group, as well as sponsor Burns Beach Estate.
Clarkson Senior Sergeant Stephen Foley said the fireworks was the major event for the sub-district, with officers patrolling the area, and the crowd was “well behaved”.
“There was a very large crowd (but) we had no trouble there,” he said.
“That was great that the public had a nice night out and enjoyed themselves and everyone got home safely.
“There were no troublemakers around the place.
“There were some traffic issues afterwards when everyone tried to get home, due to the number of people there.”
Mr Bornmann said summer events at the marina include The Big Easy on January 13, which will be a New Orleans-themed event with live jazz performances, roaming street performers and buskers, market stalls and classic Southern American street food stalls.
“This event is followed by The Marina Mindarie’s annual Australia Day celebrations on Friday, January 26 with kids activities and live music across two stages at The Boat and the Indian Ocean Brewing Company,” he said.
READERS shared their thoughts on the fireworks at www.facebook.com/NorthCoastTimes:
We saw them from Mullaloo beach, lovely. – Veronique Vince
Saw it advertised for 8pm. Happen at some random time like 8:11. should have been at midnight. It wasn’t even dark. – Heidi Hesse
It was advertised at 8pm. Started about 8.10. Great idea for the kids as all done by 8:30, so straight to bed after. Watched from around the corner though with take away in end because the actual marina was far too rammed. – ArchieAyda Harrison
Fantastic fireworks. – Louise Bleach
Last minute decision to drive there, just in time for fireworks. Great show. 30 mins traffic jam after, no big deal. Great evening to farewell 2017 and welcome 2018. – Mary Ng
Took us two hours to get home and most of that was sitting bumper to bumper. – Danger Diana
Great fireworks display. Lovely family event enjoyed by thousands. Let’s hope we can keep it on a regular basis. – Leanne Williams
Great fireworks watching at Quinnies. Lots of families, sunset and great fireworks over the ocean. Worked out well to avoid Mindarie. – Sheri-lynn Ludwig
Very busy but an enjoyable afternoon/eve – don’t think we have ever seen so many people on the marina. – Gloria Ellen