PORTLAND’S New Year’s Eve celebrations will kick off at 6.30pm on theBentinck Streetlawns, with favourable weather conditions predicted.
The forecast top of 24C for New Year’s Eve will ensure both 10pm and midnight fireworks will go ahead, with the displays set to be launched from the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre car park.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has labelled the South West region at high risk on the fire danger rating scale, but there is no total fire ban.
Acting CFA District Four operations manager Gary Harker said the CFA will make its total fire ban assessment Friday night, but the decision should have no effect on public fireworks.
“Under severe circumstances there may be a cancellation, but it’s very unlikely,” he said.
Mr Harker said the Glenelg Shire Council had already been granted a public entertainment permit allowing the use of controlled fireworks on a total fire ban day.
The musical entertainment will begin at 6.30pm, with band A Change of Plans taking to the stage on the lawns.
From 7.30pm, local sensations Gav and Mitch Riddell, along with Rebecca Sprague, will be playing covers from the ’60s through to current top 40 hits, followed by Popstars contestants Scott and Danielle – guaranteed to have everyone dancing.
Yesterdays Heros will complete the evening’s entertainment, playing hits from 1975 to 1995.
The guys are ready to deliver songs that are guaranteed to have you singing and dancing for the rest of the night!
There will be free children’s inflatable rides near the Portland Angling Club from 6 to 10pm, and the carnival rides will also be operating all night.
Another option for live music is the Mac’s Hotel, with local acts The Lost Royals, Next Chapter and The Millionaires performing from 9pm until close at 3am.
As isPortland’s tradition, the consumption of liquor and possession of liquor in unsealed containers is permitted onBentinck Stbetween Gawler and Henty streets from 4pm New Year’s Eve to 3am New Year’s Day. That section ofBentinck Stwill also be closed to traffic from 4pm tomorrow to allow the festivities to take place safely in the street.