FOR the first time in years Echuca-Moama won’t just go silently into the night on New Year’s Eve.
But instead with one hell of a celebration and, of course, a bang.
After years of nothing there is finally a New Year’s Eve celebration at Aquatic Reserve on Sunday.
And the response from the public has been mainly positive — the main message being ‘‘about time’’.
The community took to the Riv’s Facebook page to celebrate the long-awaited NYE celebration.
Wendy Rosenow said it is a good idea.
‘‘At least a lot of people won’t be spending it alone, they will have somewhere to go that doesn’t cost anything,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years — couldn’t be more stoked we can finally celebrate as a family,’’ Josie Atkinson said.
‘‘Well done Echuca-Moama so many great events coming up,’’ Ricky Robertson said.
‘‘Why have you waited so long,’’ Jeanette Hanson said.
‘‘Finally after years here comes the big news,’’ Sabina Gurung said.
‘‘I won’t have to leave town for entertainment,’’ Sharla Anderson said.
The event is a family-friendly event that will end with a fireworks display at 9.30pm as well as a midnight display.
A range of activities will be available including inflatable laser tag, a bucking bull, gauntlet run, giant slide, jumping castle and the meltdown.
The cost of these activities is $5 per person for unlimited fun.
Food Vendors will be on site including the Echuca Kiwani’s Group, The Port Ice Creamery, coffee and tea and a water fountain.
A large electronic screen (provided by PCS Sound, Moama) will be playing music and videos all night.
There will also be relay races on plastic hobby horses, small height jumps, sack races and egg and spoon races.
People with pets are also advised to make sure they are secure as some can get frightened by the noise.
Despite all the entertainment there are also community members who think it is a waste of time and money.
Jenny Ogden said ‘‘what a waste of money’’.
‘‘Why not give it to the needy, schools or the hospital to help the aged community.’’
Laine White said the fireworks were a concern.
‘‘Yes have the family fun etc, but minimal fireworks please,’’ she said.
‘‘Such a waste of money — spend that money on something far more important.’’
Veronica Lane said it was an ‘‘incredible waste of money’’.
‘‘The wildlife and local dogs will be praying for a total fire ban,’’ she said.
‘‘Couldn’t they think of something classier.
‘‘Close down High St or Hare St for a street party and bring the noise away from the environmentally sensitive river precinct.’’
The event kicks off on Sunday from 6pm to 9.40pm at Echuca’s Aquatic Reserve.
You’re encouraged to bring your own picnic blankets and chairs.
This is an alcohol-free event.