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New Years Eve hotel bookings are threatening to push the already displaced residents of Sydney's cracked Opal Tower back into uncertainty. Hundreds of residents were first evacuated after loud cracking noises heard by residents prompted calls to emergency services on Christmas Eve. Thousands of people were evacuated from the surrounding areas amid fears the tower could collapse. Stephen Goddard, chairman of the Owners Corporation Network of Australia, told the Sydney Morning Herald residents would likely be out of their homes for much more than 10 days. 'Welcome to the Gypsy life,' he said. 'It's going to continue for a very long time. If you think 10 days is it, you're out of your mind.'