Wimmera New Year's celebrations: police urge people to act responsibly

WIMMERA police have encouraged people to celebrate New Year's Eve responsibly.

Edenhope Sergeant Dale McIvor said he had been pleased with the way road users had been behaving over the festive break.

"We haven't really picked up too many people speeding through town," he said.

Other traffic infringements were also low.

But Sgt McIvor said that was no reason for people to act up on New Year's Eve.

"We ask that people stay safe and have a great new year," he said.

He said he was not aware of any fireworks or celebrations scheduled in the area for Tuesday night.

Sgt McIvor also encouraged farmers to keep an eye on the weather before harvesting in the new year.

"We have noted a couple of grass fires east of our cluster over the past couple of days," he said.

Fireworks will go off at 9.30pm and midnight at Brim, to bring in the new year.

Brim Lions Club outgoing president Mathew Crisp suggested people find a spot along the Brim Weir Pool foreshore at Redda's Park for the best view.

"The fireworks will be on the water," he said.

A barbecue, jumping castle and live music will also kick off from 6pm.

Brim Lions Club has organised the event with support from the Brim Active Community Group. 

Horsham police said they were not aware of any fireworks displays scheduled for the city.

Fire agencies will be on high alert on New Year's Day, with total fire bans likely to be declared in the Wimmera and the Mallee.

"The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting high temperatures and strong winds for Wednesday, which means our firefighters are likely to have a busy New Year's Day,” Country Fire Authority chief officer Euan Ferguson said.

"It is likely that in many places, bonfires and campfires won't be allowed after 1am on Wednesday.

"Any going fire must be completely extinguished and any new fires can't be lit."

Mr Ferguson also cautioned people against illegally using fireworks, an offence which carries fines of up to $14,000.

“Every New Year's Eve our volunteer firefighters are called to fires caused by illegal fireworks," he said.

"People need to be sensible and recognise the risks, especially with the high fuel-loads around country Victoria".

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