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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve Sydney 2013

You would never know that Sydney had a big party last night - the city streets are spotless this morning after cleaners started work just after midnight.  It was a beautiful night for sleeping under the stars and many did, on beaches and in parks.

Bondi Beach today

The fireworks cost Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, $6.8 million but she knew that the event would generate extra spending of around $156 million.

Clover Moore

Creative Ambassador for 2013 was Chris O'Doherty 62, better known as Reg Mombassa, artist and musician.  He's well known for his association with Mambo Australia and bands Mental As Anything and Dog Trumpet.

Reg Mombassa

Clover Moore writes:   "Reg Mombassa, a local resident, has worked tirelessly with the City of Sydney and Imagination Australia, to bring this year's theme Shine to life.  His inimitable artistic touch will transform our city, villages and beautiful harbour for the celebrations."

Artwork by Mombassa

Most areas around the Botanical Gardens, Circular Quay and the north shore were full by 5pm and closed to more people.  Late comers were turned away from Blues Point Reserve and McMahons Point and others directed to Bradfield Park under the Harbour Bridge at Kirribilli.

When you consider there were more than one million people all crammed in together, the evening went off without a hitch and things also went well on the water, where around 3,000 boats were gathered.

Six people were rescued from a boat that sank off Farm Cove, two runabouts collided but nobody was injured, and 100 people were evacuated from their party boat when it started taking on water.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said:  This is the year, I hope more of us than ever will 'have a go' - we'll start new businesses, we'll build new houses, we'll undertake further study, make investments and plan a future because that's how we build the stronger and more prosperous country that we all want.

Let's hope he's right.