Gold Coast cancels New Year’s Eve fireworks

The Gold Coast City Council has cancelled the upcoming New Year’s Eve fireworks saying it does “not want to jeopardise 2021 in any way”.

“I don’t want to risk anyone’s health simply for the annual fireworks. I trust people will understand and still celebrate the end of what has been a testing year for us all – and look forward to fresh beginnings in 2021,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

About 90,000 people watched the fireworks last year at Surfers Paradise, a number too large to manage under the current Covid restrictions.

Tate said the funds could instead be used for another display in June during SeaFire.