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31 December, 2007 - Published 11:03 GMT
Weather threatens New Year celebrations
Wild weather is threatening to disrupt New Year celebrations in Australia. Fireworks displays in parts of Queensland have already been cancelled because of strong winds. Treacherous conditions have also forced the closure of many beaches in Sydney. Phil Mercer reports
There will be no official fireworks display on Queensland's Gold Coast after local authorities decided it would be too dangerous. The region south of Brisbane has been pounded by gale force winds and heavy seas.
Rough conditions have caused problems too on beaches in Sydney, where lifeguards have dragged a number of swimmers and surfers to safety.
The city's traditional New Year's Eve fireworks spectacular will go ahead. More than a million people are expected to cram onto vantage points around Sydney Harbour.
The focal point of this eagerly anticipated pyrotechnic show will be the famous Coathanger Bridge. Seventeen-hundred police officers will be on duty and have promised to crack down on drunks and troublemakers.
Phil Mercer, BBC News, Sydney
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