The Gold Coast Mayor has confirmed this morning that there will be no fireworks celebration on New Years Eve.
There was speculation that the Gold Coast fireworks display wouldn’t go ahead, after Brisbane called off their NYE show as well.
Sydney’s fireworks show will still go ahead, but only at midnight and a limited display. While the NSW Premier is still urging people not to gather in the city for the show.
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Mayor Tom Tate has confirmed the COVID-19 crisis means the event can no longer go ahead.
“We do not want to jeopardise 2021 in any way,” Mayor Tate said.
“The borders will reopen to all of New South Wales and Victoria tomorrow and we will welcome hundreds of thousands of holiday makers from across Australia.
“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.’’
Up to 90,000 people watched the fireworks in Surfers Paradise alone last year, a number too large to be properly managed under the COVID restrictions.
The Mayor said Council will repurpose the funds usually spent on the fireworks to hold a celebration post-Covid, possibly later in 2021.
“There will be a time to celebrate, hopefully in the not too distant future and we will be sure to put on a fireworks display then which will also bring visitors from far and wide.”
“Major Events Gold Coast and the City will ensure the festive lighting and activations across the coast are in place so people can get those selfie-images but we need to abide by social distancing rules that still exist given Covid,’’ he said.