A scaled-down version of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks will go ahead, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has announced, after the City of Sydney Council struck an agreement with the NSW Government.
Moore agreed to the government’s proposal for it to take “temporary custodianship” of the world-famous event – which is usually run by the City of Sydney – after a meeting with NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres last night.
“Only the state government can manage the increased health, transport and crowd management challenges during the pandemic,” said the Lord Mayor in a media statement.
“[Mr Ayres] has assured me that the government will take full responsibility for the preparation and funding for the fireworks and crowd management, safety, traffic and transport, and is prepared to cancel the event if there is a spike in Covid-19 cases,” she said.
The show will most likely be a shortened fireworks display focused on the Harbour Bridge at midnight, with the children’s 9pm fireworks scrapped, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
“We encourage people to watch this year’s display from the Covid-safety of their homes,” said Moore.
Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state government was willing to foot the bill, to give people a sign of hope after a difficult 2020.
Berejiklian’s comments were endorsed by City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster, who urged Council to “show faith in the people of this city to keep doing the right thing and support an event that could be a defining moment on our road to recovery”.
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