COMMON: Renee Bozanic and Michelle Thornton, from Picton, say Lennox is not the only town with New Years Eve problems. CATHY
COMMON: Renee Bozanic and Michelle Thornton, from Picton, say Lennox is not the only town with New Years Eve problems. CATHY

Fingers crossed in the run-up to test of Lennoxs high spirits

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au LENNOX HEAD locals were yesterday waiting with bated breath wondering if people were%going to behave themselves in the village last night. There was no organised event in the town for the third year in a row, and some feared a repeat performance of past antisocial behaviour might dash any hopes of having an organised New Year's event in the town in years to come. However, holidaymakers Renee Bozanic, 22, and Michelle Thornton, 21, of Picton, near Campbelltown, said locals should just make the best of what they had. They were planning to have a few quiet drinks with some mates around a bonfire. And they were not surprised Lennox had had trouble with rowdy youths in the past, saying 'it happens everywhere'. "Anything with alcohol and a lot of people always ends up in a fight," Renee said. However, the women also suggested holding a well-organised event could be a way of controlling any%potential antisocial behaviour. But Lennox doesn't have a happy history when it comes to New Year's parties. Brawls, vandalism and antisocial behaviour have been common for the CBD in the past. For example, in 2003 an organised event in the town turned sour when illegal fireworks were let off outside the Lennox Point Hotel. Six people were injured. Brett Jones, president of the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce, said he hoped locals and tourists alike behaved themselves this year. Last February, the chamber called for ideas to revamp an event for the town, but fears of drunken teenagers running amok meant there was not enough local support. "We'll see how things go and%reassess the situation, and whether people want to hold an event next year," he said.



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