Hello, everyone, and welcome. In the countdown to another spectacular Sydney New Year's Eve, we're wishing everyone a happy evening and asking that you celebrate responsibly.
The messages are to slip, slop, slap the sun protection; drink responsibly and take plenty of water as well; and above all, look after your mates. Bin your butts, don't take glass with you, and minimise waste and litter.
Sydney New Year's Eve is the single most important event in promoting our City to the world and its success is due to its reputation as a safe and harmonious celebration, uniting families, friends and strangers around our beautiful harbour.
The celebrations will start at 5pm with an aerial display and later fly-overs.
We'll have 1000 special needs children and their carers at the Lord Mayor's Picnic in the Domain in the early evening and of course the Family Fireworks at 9pm and the Harbour of Light parade of boats.
There are numerous free vantage points around the Harbour and we hope everyone enjoys the stunning displays that will proceed from 9pm, culminating in the midnight spectacular.
Once again, we can promise you an extraordinary New Year's Eve, choreographed by our Creative Director, Rhoda Roberts, and producer, Brenton Kewley.
With this year's Charity Partner, the Australian Conservation Foundation, we're asking people to "turn over a new green leaf" for 2010. And of course, the City is purchasing carbon credits to ensure Sydney New Year's Eve is carbon neutral and matched by 100 per cent accredited GreenPower.
I wish you all a wonderful evening and a very happy New Year.