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Sydney New Years Eve Fire Works to go ahead, 9pm display cancelled

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. AAP/Brendan Esposito/via REUTERS

Sydney New Years Eve Fire Works to go ahead, 9pm display cancelled

Many of us are counting down the days to the new year. And now Sydney-siders will be able to celebrate as they have for decades. 

Sydney New Years Eve Fire Works to go ahead, 9pm display cancelled

The City of Sydney council has historically footed the bill for the event. However this year, the state government will fund the multi-million dollar fireworks display.

Premier Ms Berejiklian confirmed the State Government would help foot the bill for the fireworks to ensure the event goes ahead as planned.

Ms Berejiklian stressed it would be “an extremely different event” to previous years.

“Our strong intent is that there be some sort of fireworks display that evening,” she said.

“But the vast majority of us will be watching it from home on the television.”

She said she felt Sydney’s fireworks were a symbol of hope and optimism, which was “important for our soul and for positive thinking about next year”.

But it would be a “toned down affair” with a scaled back organisation and a limited fireworks display, she added.

The State Government has left open the possibility the fireworks could be cancelled if there was a major outbreak of COVID-19 or a significant seeding event. The 9pm fireworks display is already off the cards. The display normally organised for families to enjoy.

In a statement on Thursday evening, Cr Moore said: “Only the state government can manage the increased health, transport and crowd management challenges during the pandemic.

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