Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations to inject 152 mln USD into Australian economy

15:43, December 29, 2010      

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Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations would bring in more than 150 million AU dollars (152 million U.S. dollars) for the New South Wales (NSW) economy in Australia, said NSW Premier Kristina Keneally on Wednesday.

She also said 1.5 million people were expected to flock to the Sydney Harbor foreshore to take part in "one of the world's best parties".

More than 2,600 police officers will be on patrol across the metropolitan area, with most being at harbor and beach side locations and at public transport hubs.

"I encourage everyone to plan ahead, take public transport, and buy a return ticket to avoid the queues when heading home," Keneally told reporters on Wednesday.

Police Minister Michael Daley said police would be out in force to ensure people had a good, fun but safe night.

He also reminded people that consuming alcohol on public transport was an offense.

Source: Xinhua
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