Sydney welcomes 2018 with eight tonnes of fireworks

Photo of Sydney welcomes 2018 with eight tonnes of fireworks

Security tightened in Melbourne and Sydney, where display expected to celebrate marriage equality

Police have tightened security measures before tonight’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, which are expected to be watched by more than 1 million people from vantage points around Sydney harbour and by more than 500,000 in Melbourne’s central business district.

The Sydney lord mayor, Cloover Moore, said revellers who had been staking out positions all day to watch Sydney’s fireworks could expect a “fabulous and safe” display. She said the City of Sydney council had worked closely with New South Wales police to make sure the $7m show was a success.

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