Pirie to celebrate new year in style

CELEBRATIONS: Genevieve Pontikinas, the events coordinator for the council has been planning this year's event.
CELEBRATIONS: Genevieve Pontikinas, the events coordinator for the council has been planning this year's event.

Last year, Port Pirie changed the way it celebrated New Year’s Eve and this year the Port Pirie Regional Council have recognised how much the people loved the new fireworks location and will again be hosting it at the foreshore.

 The 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations moved from Memorial Park to the picturesque foreshore, providing spectators with a better chance at seeing the midnight fireworks. 

As council decided to move the event, Genevieve Pontikinas, the events coordinator for the council created and planned the foreshore event and is again busy planning for this year’s event. She says that this year majority of the event will stay the same as the last besides two changes. 

“What we are going to trial this year, we are going to have our outdoor cinema screen set up on the beach”, she explained. 

“Therefore if you are sitting on the beach side and you can’t see the grassed side with the band, you will be able to see a live cross of them. 

“Another change that we have got this year is that we will be doing a full road closure. From Main Road from 5pm on 31st December 2018 to 2am 1st January 2019 from S.D. Caputos to Illman Street on both sides. We will have drop off zones in front of S.D. Caputos and Wardle Marine. It is going to be closed throughout the whole event and that was a directive from SAPOL for safety.” 

The new years eve celebrations will be happening on Monday December 31 from 7pm through until 12.30am and is an alcohol go easy event, with strictly no glass. 

The set up is similar to last year’s with live music from Yorke Heath a local artist, followed by a cover band from Adelaide called Bliss. 

Food stalls will be available in addition to rides and children’s entertainment.

The Port Pirie Regional Council received such positive feedback on last year’s event with many saying they felt safer, had more room to move around and had a better view of the fireworks. They are hoping that this year’s event is as well received as the last.  

“We are just hoping that we can continue what we did last year. We got a really good response and we are hoping that we can get the same response this year and hope that more people hear about it and come along”, Genevieve said. 

The new years event is not the only one council is working on, with an outdoor movie night also planned for Friday December 21 at the Foreshore. 

“We are going to be screening the Polar Express. Father Christmas is going to come, it is free to come along, we have Rotary doing the barbecue. Hot and Pop doing popcorn and some Christmas theme face painting”, Genevieve explained.  

The event kicks off at 7 pm.