2013 in with a bang

Mudgee Rescue Squad watch the fireworks over Parklands Resort on Monday evening, marking the end of a busy and successful 2012 for the squad.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad had reason to celebrate the star! of 2013. At the beginning of 2012, members were wondering how they would raise the $105,000 they needed to replace their 27-year-old rescue vehicle. But as they joined hundreds enjoying the free New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Parklands Resort an :Monday night, the Rescue Squad members were looking forward to the delivery of their new vehicle, already on order following an outstanding community fundraising effort which raised the money needed — and more — in less than 12 months. Funds raised at Parklands’ New Year’s Eve celebration will allow the Rescue Squad to equip the new vehicle.
Squad Secretary Garry Dollisson said they urge drivers to take care on the roads especially given recent local accidents. ‘We would like to wish all the local com-munity a happy and successful 2013 and hope everyone drives safely in the new year,” he said. “It’s particularly hard on families at this time of year when they lose a loved one in an accident”.
The Parklands’ New Year’s Eve fireworks had a relaxed, family atmosphere. While there was no need for the long queues for the best vantage points for Sydney’s multi-million dollar spectacular, families arrived early in the evening to claim shady spots in the Parklands’ grounds and to enjoy a picnic or sausage sandwich from the barbecue. Children entertained themselves with face-painting and soccer games and twirled sparklers and glo-sticks in the dusk while waiting for the fireworks. And while Mudgee might not have been able to boast Kylie Minogue, there were still plenty of gasps and a round of applause for the display.

Article Mudgee Guardian – January 2 2013
Photo Colin Ratcliff – January 2 2013