Sydney’s family New Years Eve fireworks display could be back after initial cancellation
The NSW treasurer has made it clear that the state government wants the 9 p.m. New Years Eve fireworks to go ahead despite the show being canceled by Sydney City Council .
Plans to suppress the family New Years Eve fireworks display in Sydney could be scrapped after Sydney City Council announced its cancellation earlier this week.
The council faced a major backlash for the decision after it was made months after the event, which would be well after the state hit 80% double-dose vaccination.
New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the government would “explore options” to ensure the fireworks take place in a safe environment for COVID.
“If the 9pm fireworks can be held safely, they should take place, and we will be looking at options on how that can happen if the council leaves the field,” Perrottet said in a statement. communicated.
“We all need a little light at the end of the tunnel and after the year we’ve been through, Sydney’s traditional fireworks can help send us off with a bang.”
Sydney City Council regained control of the celebration after the state government hosted the event last year to ensure the midnight fireworks display took place after the cancellation of the 9pm show due to the pandemic.
“The difficult decision had to be made to follow the state government event 2020 for a limited and safe New Years Eve against Covid,” a statement from Sydney City Council read.
“Fireworks always generate very large crowds and the two separate displays result in a large number of people passing by, leaving for one show and arriving for the next.”
The NSW treasurer said the New Year was a time of celebration and the reinstatement of the fireworks would help residents weather the past two “tumultuous” years.
“We need a little more boom, boom, boom instead of all the sadness, sadness, sadness,” he said.
“Sydney and the state deserve to have a big party after enduring two tumultuous years.”
Sydney City Mayor Clover Moore has reportedly offered the state government control over the fireworks so they can clear the 9pm show.
“If the government is concerned about the city’s plans and confident that a Covid-safe event can and should take place, it should take back custody of the fireworks,” she said, on The telegraph of the day reported.
The Sydney fireworks display typically draws around a million people to the shores of Sydney Harbor, which is a major boost to the local economy.
Mr Perrottet described a New Years party for first responders on the Cahill Highway in the budget as part of an attempt to revitalize the NSW economy.