Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are world-famous. The official firework display takes place at 9pm and then again at midnight. Sydney most certainly has a knack of lighting up the harbour and its skies with its glorious illuminations for the world to see! The famous Sydney NYE celebration is expected to attract more than 1 million people on the harbour foreshore and generate $130 million for the NSW economy.
This year there has been talk of cancelling the fireworks due to fires that have been burning and the damage that has been caused…and is still being caused! We are still sitting with severe fire danger conditions, but this morning in a press conference, the Sydney City Council confirmed that the fireworks will go ahead. Despite the concerns showed by the Rural Fire Service, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison is supporting the decision to go ahead with the world-famous display and says that he wants to see the fireworks on Sydney Harbour.
The Show Must Go On
The City of Sydney has said that the fireworks along with its New Year Celebrations will go on regardless of the conditions!
They also said that while they appreciate the concerns people have, as large parts of the country are still burning and in drought, the New Year’s Eve celebration can not be cancelled! The spokesman also said that scrapping the event would have very little practical benefit for affected communities.
The New Year’s Eve event could be cancelled at the last minute if the fire conditions are deemed “catastrophic”!
The council mentioned that the NYE planning and prep started 15 months ago; therefore, far too much has gone into this for it to be cancelled at the 11th hour!
The City of Sydney spokesman said that cancelling the event would seriously damage Sydney’s business.
In the lead up to Tuesday 31 December 2019, the RFS will be working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology. They are seeing that a southerly change is expected to impact the Sydney basin around 7pm and then move up through the region. Temperatures are expected to exceed 40degC on Tuesday…and there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms later on in the day.
Tanya Goldberg – Sydney New Year’s Eve head of audience said; “Safety is our top priority and our paramount concern as we strive to deliver the event as planned.” “Extreme weather requires an appropriate response.”
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