New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has indicated the government’s desire to see the return of Sydney’s 9pm family fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
The City of Sydney council announced its cancellation earlier this week citing crowd concerns, but Perrottet said they would explore options to ensure the event is held given the state will have reached its 80 per cent vaccination target.
“If the 9pm fireworks can be held safely it should go ahead, and we will look at options on how that can happen if the council vacates the field,” Perrottet said in a statement.
“We all need a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and after the year we’ve endured the traditional Sydney fireworks can help send us out with a bang.
“We need a bit more boom, boom, boom instead of all the gloom, gloom, gloom.
“Sydney and the state deserve to have a big party after enduring a tumultuous two years.”
The state government ran the midnight NYE fireworks last year, but City of Sydney regained responsibility of the event for this year.
However, they cited safety concerns in holding the two events concurrently when announcing the decision to ditch the earlier firework display.
“The fireworks always generate very large crowds and the two separate displays result in the cross over of large numbers of people leaving for one show and arriving for the next,” the City of Sydney said in a statement.
But the Daily Telegraph has reported that Sydney Mayor Clover Moore has offered to hand back control of the events to the government to allow both events to go ahead.