Shane Cribb at the Jetty Carnival.
Shane Cribb at the Jetty Carnival. Bruce Thomas/Coffs Coast Advocate

Stay off the booze for a free night out

COFFS Coast teenagers will be rewarded for staying off the booze this New Year's Eve, thanks to a partnership between police, March's Jetty Carnival and the Ted Noffs Foundation.

Coffs Harbour police Chief Inspector Shane Cribb said every New Year's Eve, thousands of young people congregate at the Jetty Foreshores in Coffs Harbour and gravitate to the carnival operating adjacent to the Jetty.

“As in previous years, carnival organisers have an innovative and community-orientated program in place to ensure teens stay away from alcohol,” Mr Cribb said.

Any person aged 12- to 17-years-old can register for the Booze Free - Ride Free program, which involves a breath test at the beginning and end of the night.

If the teenager is alcohol free for the whole time, their details will be taken and they will be able to ride for free all night at the carnival on Saturday, January 3.

“This is a massive reward for young people and is a novel and innovative youth initiative,” Mr Cribb said.

Police believe the initiative is a step towards curbing alcohol-related behaviour by Coffs Coast teenagers.
• THE Jetty Carnival operates nightly from 6.30pm until January 27, There is also a free nightly family circus, and the NYE Fireworks will take place at the Jetty from 9.30pm tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, if you are planning a night at home with the family, a pyrotechnic storm will brew over Sydney this New Year's Eve for the Harbour City's firework extravaganza.

With the theme of 'Creation', the celebrations will feature never-before-seen fireworks including horizontal displays, sun pods and sparklers.

Sydney New Year's Eve creative director Rhoda Roberts said the midnight display will be nothing short of spectacular.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge effect, still a closely guarded secret, will first appear just after the 9pm family fireworks and will build slowly before it is fully revealed at midnight to herald 2009.

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