Fantastic start to 2017

FIREWORKS: Shyla MD, Alexis MD, Haylee M and Miah MD enjoy the carnival atmosphere at the New Year's Eve celebrations. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS
FIREWORKS: Shyla MD, Alexis MD, Haylee M and Miah MD enjoy the carnival atmosphere at the New Year's Eve celebrations. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

More than 7000 people flocked to Caltex Park on Saturday to welcome in 2017.

There was something for everyone at Dubbo’s annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party, which organisers hope to make the “best fireworks in the central west”.

Dubbo Fireworks Incorporated (DFI) chair Peter Judd said it was a fantastic night.

“The fireworks came on at nine o’clock. It had a slow start and it built and built and built and just when people thought it couldn’t build anymore it got bigger and bigger and bigger,” he said.

“And then when people thought that it was over, then the whole sky lit up!”

It wasn’t only Dubbo residents in attendance, with visitors coming from across the region to celebrate the New Year.

Numbers were slightly down on the DFI committee’s predictions, with Mr Judd blaming high temperatures and humidity for the lower-than-expected turnout.

There was more than just the fireworks on offer for the thousands who did attend.

The Water Skirmish park returned after a successful debut in 2015 and was “absolutely fantastic”, Mr Judd said, while the new sky high lift was also a hit.

The Golden Oldies Holden motor display also “worked a treat”, with the club looking to expand the attraction for next year.

While many people are still getting used to the fact that 2016 has finished, the DFI committee is already counting the days – all 362 of them – until New Year’s Eve 2017.

“Every year we look at what what works and doesn’t work and what we can modify to be even better,” Mr Judd said.

“We want to do something new that Dubbo hasn’t seen before.

“It’s also the things that people don’t see as well. It’s what happens in the … lead up.”

He encouraged more people to join the DFI committee, saying organisers would “like to see more of the general public involved”.

He offered his thanks to the Fletcher family, Coates Hire and Orana Mall for their “generous support”, and also credited the “support and guidance” from the Dubbo Regional Council.