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Sydney set to shine on New Year's Eve

AAP logoAAP 31/12/2016 Dan McCulloch

Thirty tonnes of fireworks are in place, a light show is ready to flare and music inspired by fallen icons programmed to blare as people begin flocking to the Sydney harbourside to see in the new year.

More than 1.5 million people are expected to attend the $7 million extravaganza, which has been carefully crafted to highlight the best of what Sydney has to offer.

"A beautiful city, a wonderful harbour, amazing creative talent, fabulous climate and most importantly, a multicultural, safe and harmonious community," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said on Saturday.

More than 20,000 fireworks will be shot from the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Saturday night, with the entire structure to be lit up as part of the dazzling show.

A family fireworks show is scheduled for 9pm, with a 12-minute display to light the night sky for the main event at midnight.

A team of fireworks technicians led by 20-year veteran Fortunato Foti has been working around the clock to bring the show to life.

"We're pretty close to getting everything ready ... the bridge behind you is 99 per cent done with just a few more tests to do," Mr Foti said.

"It's been a long 10 days trying to get everything prepped, but we're well under way and we're hoping tonight will be a nice, clear night with a bit of breeze which will hopefully blow the smoke away and everyone will be happy."

He laughed off suggestions of any pre-show jitters.

"We just need to be on our toes - a bit of pressure doesn't hurt - and it gets the bloody pumping."

Lighting designer Ziggy Ziegler said his team had spent hundreds of hours working alongside the fireworks crew to co-ordinate their display.

"We spend many hours with a virtual model of the bridge and then bring that to life here," Mr Ziegler said.

"It's something we're very excited about and very proud of, and the city of Sydney will get a real treat tonight."

Some 200 effects will illuminate the bridge, with thousands more around the harbour.

"We want to show off the harbour bridge as it is in its natural beauty and use the shape of the harbour bridge to enhance that," he said.

"This year they (the lighting effects) are going to be a lot brighter than they have been in the past ... they're going to be very, very bright.

"You should get not just the sense of lighting and the fireworks, you'll get reflection right down the harbour."

A soundtrack will include songs from music legends Prince and David Bowie, Australian artists Sia and Flume, and international acts Coldplay and Guns N' Roses.

Authorities are urging revellers to plan their nights, allow plenty of travel time and drink alcohol in moderation.

Thousands of extra police officers will be deployed across Sydney as the festivities kick into gear, with additional public transport services scheduled to cater to the massive crowds.

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