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Govt silent about New Year's Eve details
New Year's Eve fireworks in Canberra help bring in 2012.
Picture: Gary Schafer
THOUSANDS of well-behaved Canber-
rans brought the New Year in with a bang
as a huge fireworks display lit up the
But will next year have more bangs for
the ACT Government's buck?
The next New Year's Eve celebration
will herald the 100th birthday of the
national capital and while plenty is
planned for 2013, secrecy surrounds the
night that will ring it in.
The Chief Minister's Culture and
Communications executive director, Jere-
my Lasek, said the plans for 2012's New
Year's Eve were "very much a work in
progress" but he couldn't comment on
what Canberrans could expect.
He said the Government's focus was on
celebrating the centenary throughout the
year and not just for one major event.
"We're not looking at major block-
buster days; it's really a celebration that
will last the whole year," he said.
But he did say planners were looking at
"something a little special" to mark New
Meanwhile ACT Policing said the
majority of New Year's Eve revellers
were well-behaved on the night with five
people arrested for offences related to the
Most of these arrests related to anti-
social behaviour while one man was
arrested for assaulting an ACT Govern-
Eleven people were taken into protec-
tive custody for being intoxicated, includ-
ing a juvenile.
Police also handed out six infringement
notices for minor street offences including
urinating in a public place.
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