Mayor unveils plan to ditch traditional fireworks for “drone works”

Gold Coasters may want to make the most of tomorrow night’s New Years Eve fireworks spectacle, because it may be the last time we see them for a while.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has today unveiled an extravagant plan to replace the traditional fireworks display with a new light and drone show from 2022.

“The Gold Coast will celebrate New Year’s Eve in 2022 with a new attraction – drone works,” the Mayor said.


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“I will ask councillors to back the idea of our city replacing traditional fireworks displays with the new light-show technology known as drone works”.

Mayor Tate said the move was much more environmentally friendly and would make the Gold Coast stand out.

“Not only is this new technology more environmentally friendly when compared with fireworks, it presents an incredible light show with hundreds of drones creating patterns and colours,” the Mayor said.

“We are leaders in caring for the environment – on the ground and in the sky.

“Drone light technology will be amazing to watch and I hope councillors back the idea for 2022.”

The Mayor said the cost to ratepayers would be kept in line with the current expenditure on fireworks.

“If it is well received, we can make it a permanent fixture of our annual NYE celebrations… I will definitely be looking at it for the 2022 Mayor’s Christmas Carols,” he said.

However, it won’t be the end of all fireworks, with local councillors still able to continue with their own local fireworks, including the much-loved Paradise Point New Years Eve celebrations, which draws thousands of people every year.