Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

MAKE IT FUN NOT TRAGIC Celebrate and Live to See New Year

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

MAKE IT FUN NOT TRAGIC Celebrate and Live to See New Year

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

aREMEMBER that everyone else is celebrating too,a was the simple, commonsense advice from Gympie district police to New Year's Eve revellers tonight.

aLook after yourselves and be aware and respectful of all the other people who are also out celebrating,a a spokesperson said yesterday.

Bulk crowds are expected at entertainment venues from Imbil to Rainbow tonight, as thousands of Gympie Region residents and their friends set out to see the New Year (and the new decade) in, with all the traditional noise, lights and partying that this traditionally entails.

Despite a few drink-drivers detected from Tuesday evening to late yesterday, including one major offender who blew 0.171 per cent, police have generally praised the good conduct of residents and visitors, both at their campsites and holiday homes and on the roads getting there.

And, in order to avoid fireworks of the police and court-related kind, Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson has urged Queenslanders to obey all the rules when it comes to New Year's fireworks displays.

He also joined the RSPCA in urging pet owners to keep their animals safe and confined for the evening, as dogs can be frightened by fireworks.

Even if they are found after becoming distressed and escaping from their homes, dogs will sometimes only turn up several kilometres away, he said.

Gympie Ambulance officer in charge, Wayne Sachs, said the Gympie Region had been reasonably safe during the festive season so far, except for an accident on Monday night, which resulted in a woman being airlifted to hospital with a broken pelvis.

aPeople need to think one step ahead of what they are doing, to ensure that they don't suddenly become a statistic,a Mr Sachs said.

aAMBULANCE services would be beefed up in the Gympie, Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach areas tonight,a Mr Sachs said yesterday. …

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