By EMMA CORNFORD
ESKYS were filled with ice and plans for midnight were being finalised late yesterday as revellers around the Clarence Valley prepared to see in the new year.
Bottle shops reported huge sales of ice and alcohol as the afternoon rolled around, with the manager of Village Green bottle shop identifying Vodka Cruisers as the biggest sellers.
In Yamba, the finishing touches were put on the massive fireworks display as people began to gather at Yamba Hill.
Apart from parties, safety and security were tightened with NPWS crews and police patrolling Minnie Water, Wooli, Brooms Head and Angourie.
NPWS roadblocks were also set up at the entrance to the Illaroo camping ground at Minnie Water in an effort to avoid similar scenes to last New Year's Eve violence.