New Year's Eve Lord Mayor's Picnic - Royal Botanic Gardens

Hello, everyone, and welcome to our New Year's Eve picnic here in the beautiful setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land.

Tonight, we're celebrating the Spirit of Imagination in this magical place where we can find the keys to unlock the imaginations of all storybook characters.

I can see that you've all been to Key Port because I see a lot of Magic Blue Flashing Bangles and Magic Blue Flashing Flutes, and I'm sure you've all met some of the other characters in the Garden of Keys, including the Key Keepers, the Wind Winders, the Water Lochs, Fire Character and the glamorous Golden Maiden Chain.

Many of you have also visited Mrs Honeypot's tent to have your faces painted and I hope you enjoyed your time with the computer games in the Key Lab.

And don't forget that if you haven't already done it, you must visit the Keystodians tent where you can make your special wishes on key rings.

I want to thank the Girl Guides and Rovers who have been our special assistants here this evening, helping you to enjoy this wonderful picnic. Next year, the Girl Guides will be celebrating their centenary and that's one hundred years of great activities and community service, so let's congratulate them.

I also thank Chips and the Magical Bikers Club of Kings Cross who, as the Imperial Guards in the Land of Keys, help spray the magic colour into our guests' hair.

You've already heard part of the story of the Golden Key. It was broken when the Door Locks tried to steal it and now it has to be repaired so that we can start the Family Fireworks on time at 9pm.

Before that, we'll be handing out prizes for the Guessing Competition winners, and then we'll ask you to move to the lawn area and settle in your position for the fireworks. It's been a lot of fun so far, and there is more to come, which I know you'll very much enjoy.

I wish you all a very safe, and happy New Year. Have a great night, everyone.