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Big crowds behave well and celebrate new year

15 Jan 2013

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Southbank may not have had its own live-site to view the New Years Eve spectacular, but it was certainly involved, with many of our buildings being utilised in the fireworks display.

As usual Melbourne’s tallest building, Eureka, was central to the display, which lit up the night. Other buildings along the river, including Freshwater Place and Crown Towers, also enjoyed the spotlight as fireworks were set off all over Melbourne.

An estimated 500,000 people found their way into the city to enjoy the celebration.

Despite the masses the crowd was reasonably well behaved.

Victoria Police’s Deputy Commissioner, Tim Cartwright, said most people looked after themselves on what is a notoriously busy night for authorities.

“The majority of people did the right thing and showed respect to those around them. There were a lot of families out and about, and it was good to see them having fun,” Mr Cartwright said.

The Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, said the celebrations again showcased a great side of Melbourne.

“A significant amount of organisation and planning goes into the biggest celebration of the year. We always plan for the worst, but yet again New Year’s Eve showed the best of Melbourne,” Cr Doyle said.

“The majority of people did the right thing, celebrating in a happy and responsible way. It was a great start to the new year and I’d like to wish everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous 2013,” he added.

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