Looking forward to NYE celebrations

This afternoon down at Dawes Point I briefed media on our plans for our New Year's Eve celebrations. I can hardly believe it's that time of year already.

Each year, more than 1.6 million people gather around the harbour foreshore and millions more watch at home as Sydney rings in the New Year. We really do have the most spectacular fireworks display in the world.

Australian screen legend and storyteller Jack Thompson has served as this year's Creative Ambassador and has worked on the celebrations all year. He has even written his own poem describing how Sydney inspires him - 'I Am Sydney'.

"Inspire" is this year's theme and I was particularly excited to announce that this year, for the first time in Sydney New Year's Eve history, you will become part of the celebration. We're encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #SydNYE to tweet New Year messages that tie into the theme by answering what will inspire you in 2015.

The tweets will appear live on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons throughout the night, and will be broadcast around Australia and the world.

New Years Eve, 2013

New Years Eve, 2013

During the 9pm and midnight fireworks displays, seven tonnes of fireworks will be launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and barges on Sydney Harbour. This includes 11,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects.

The crowning glory will be the top-secret Sydney Harbour Bridge Effect. This will form the centrepiece of the displays, featuring 13 kilometres of LED rope light and reaching 12 storeys high. But it's still a secret, so you'll just have to watch to find out what it is…

If you're coming into the city for New Year's Eve it's worth being prepared. Access the official New Year's Eve website and check out our interactive vantage point map and live transport and road closure information. A printed event guide will also be available at major transport hubs, hotels, tourism information kiosks, libraries and community centres in the lead-up to NYE.

If you're watching at home you join an audience of around one billion people. You can tune into ABC TV's broadcast, listen to 104.1 2Day FM's live fireworks soundtracks, or live stream Telstra's YouTube show.

I hope however you choose to spend New Year's Eve you have a safe and happy time, and ring in 2015 with much inspiration.

Read more and plan your night here: http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

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