Free fireworks a crowd booster

THIS year’s Wodonga family fireworks spectacular will be free this year to woo more punters to Birallee Oval on New Year’s Eve.

The move was made after some people watched the fireworks from the Raiders’ ground car park last year instead of paying to enter the event.

“We were charging $10 a head to come in for the fireworks last year, and we had plenty of people who just sat in the car park,” Wodonga Raiders general manager Greg Dawson said.

“It’s free this year because we really want people to come inside and enjoy a great community event together.”

Gates open at 5pm, with the event kicking off at 6pm.

Organisers said they hoped to double last year’s atttendance of about 2000.

DJ Mike and Bowen’s Entertainment will provide entertainment. There will be dodgem cars and jumping castles for kids. After the fireworks, adults can enjoy live music until 12.30am in the function rooms.

Meanwhile, the Wod-onga Council has urged dog owners to ensure their pet’s safety over the new year.

Compliance team leader Craig McClanahan said ensuring your dog’s microchip and collar tags were up to date was key to their safety.

“Dogs are often startled by bright lights and fireworks,” Mr McClanahan said.

“Make sure they are safe inside. Having the TV on or playing music can help disguise the light and sound of the fireworks.”

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