‘I’d like to see it go ahead’ Berejiklian keeps the faith in NYE fireworks

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has contradicted Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s claim yesterday that the New Year’s Eve fireworks display held on Sydney Harbour would have to be cancelled.

“I’d like to see it go ahead in a COVID-safe way if we can manage that,” she said.

“I want people to start feeling more optimistic about the future.”

Berejiklian’s support for the NYE fireworks follows yesterday’s announcement of a new major event taskforce to give big sporting and cultural organisations a central office in government to deal with.

Barilaro, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayers were appointed at short notice to lead the taskforce and co-ordinate major public events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The events that will have to operate under pandemic conditions include the National Rugby League grand final on October 25, the Everest and Spring racing carnival from September 19 to November 7, the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach from October 22 to November 8 and the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting January 3.