Draw cards for revellers who completed more than 270 event surveys were the fireworks (23%) and children’s activities (21%).
The crowd warmed up to the sounds of local talent Nate Lansdale, winners from the City’s 2015 Festival of New Talent: Ashley Garner, Nasman Donovan, Brindy Donovan, Maddy Forkin, Daily Caucasian, Paige Kennedy, Lyrical and Serenity before Hit Factory and Littlest Fox primed the crowd for an unforgettable performance from Jon Stevens.
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels addressed revellers: “We come together this evening in celebration of this year’s memorable moments, some joyful and some sombre, all of these memories weave the fabric of the year past and we must use this evening’s opportunity to humbly remember how fortunate we are to be living in such a beautiful region, with award winning beaches, easy lifestyle, community events, excellent education, sports and recreational facilities.
“This is our 16th New Year’s Eve Celebration for Rockingham and over the past decade it has grown to be the most popular event for our community and the City. It is wonderful to see so many families return here to celebrate each year.
“I would like to commend attendees for their excellent conduct on the night. Thank you for observing the alcohol-free rule, and helping to make this a wonderful family friendly event making it a good night for everyone.”
“This year’s community celebrations would not have been possible without the generous support of local businesses including: Street Hassle, which ran the event and our sponsors; Lotterywest, Waikiki Village Shopping Centre, Rockingham Holden, and Media Engine.”
Survey respondents (29%) indicated the family friendly nature of the event and the police and security presence (27%) made them feel safe.
More than half attendees (62%) had attended the event before with 56% aged between 31-50 years.