The Star Gold Coast has announcing they’re canning the New Years Eve fireworks show, and instead donating the money to the bushfire relief appeal.
All the money from the fireworks budget will be going to GIVIT, along with all the profits from every drink sold at Garden Kitchen and Bar on the night.
The venue will still offer dining packages, family friendly picnics on the lawn, DJs across the property, a live show at the theatre, and the balloon drop at midnight in the Atrium to bring in 2020.
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The Star Gold Coast COO Jess Mellor says at this time of year, there are more important things that the annual fireworks display.
“As we embark on the festive season, everyone’s thoughts are with those impacted by the extreme bushfire season we’ve endured in various regions across the State.
“Given the periods of emergency that have existed, and the destruction of property that has taken place, we felt there was a more thoughtful and telling contribution we could make than continuing with our annual fireworks display to welcome in the new year.
“Donating the money that we would have spent on fireworks and contributing dollars from every drink sold at GKB during the night will ensure a substantial amount is raised to support GIVIT’s bushfire relief efforts. It is going to be a fantastic evening. There will be so much happening and a real buzz as we farewell 2019.
“It promises to be an unforgettable night. So, we’re extending an open invitation to all Gold Coasters and holidaymakers. Come and spend New Year’s Eve with us at The Star Gold Coast.
“Celebrate, bring in the New Year, but also know you’ll be helping families and communities affected by these devastating fires at the same time,” Ms Mellor said.
GIVIT CEO Sarah Tennant has welcomed the decision.
“Uniting the community and revellers in New Year’s Eve Celebrations without fireworks is a wonderfully symbolic gesture showing support for Australians facing catastrophic fires.
“The Star’s incredibly generous support of GIVIT’s bushfire efforts will enable us to provide immediate support and essential items for people and communities affected by the devastating fires,” Ms Tennant said.