Fire­works fund fifi zz with just one blast

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE tra­di­tional dou­ble Port Dou­glas fire­works dis­play will be down­graded to only one at mid­night be­cause of lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port this year.

The Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce (PDCC) or­gan­ises and do­nates to­wards the fire­works ev­ery year with one dis­play at 8pm the other at mid­night, with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil the big­gest spon­sor with $3000.

How­ever, this is not enough and where nor­mally the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses put in money to­wards the shows, PDCC pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs said this year there was not enough sup­port.

“It’s a bit dis­ap­point­ing across the board be­cause we asked for sup­port from the com­mu­nity gen­er­ally with col­lect­ing tins but we didn’t col­lect much out of that,” he said.

“Coun­cil gives the big­gest do­na­tion and the next big­gest do­na­tion is $500 - a cou­ple of busi­nesses have done that and good on them we thank them but it’s not enough.

“Un­for­tu­nately the two shows from pre­vi­ous years aren’t able to be con­tin­ued in our fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.”

With a de­cline in busi­ness sup­port and the cost of fire­works in­creas­ing this means there will be only one fire­works dis­play this year from An­zac Park at mid­night on New Year’s Eve.

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