No plans for New Year’s Eve fire­works show in 2019

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

THE Dubbo Fire­works New Year’s Eve party will be no more but the vol­un­teer com­mit­tee be­hind the event hopes peo­ple will re­mem­ber the great times had.

The com­mit­tee had to can­cel the New Year’s Eve 2018 event nearly three weeks ago due to real safety con­cerns over the enor­mous dust storm that hit the city late that af­ter­noon.

Thanks to com­mu­nity sup­port in pre­vi­ous years, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has been able to make sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions to var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups. It’s also worth a men­tion that, thanks to Dubbo’s lead, many other towns in the re­gion are now host­ing their own end-of-year fire­works par­ties, bring­ing joy to thou­sands.

Dubbo Fire­works Inc re­leased a de­tailed state­ment this week to bring the com­mu­nity up to date on the event and the com­mit­tee’s fu­ture.

“Dubbo Fire­works have con­firmed that the show planned for New Year’s Eve will not be resched­uled af­ter se­vere weather con­di­tions caused Dubbo’s com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tions to be can­celled on De­cem­ber 31, 2018,” the state­ment said.

“The vol­un­teer-run event at Apex Oval nor­mally sees crowds of up to 8000 peo­ple, but the de­ci­sion was made to can­cel the event to en­sure safety of peo­ple and prop­erty.

“Dubbo Fire­works says that a lack of re­sources, in­clud­ing funds and new com­mit­tee mem­bers, are be­hind the de­ci­sion not to resched­ule.

“Cred­i­tors will be paid, with re­main­ing funds be­ing dis­trib­uted amongst or­gan­i­sa­tions ben­e­fit­ting the Dubbo com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the Vol­un­teer Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion and Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

“The small com­mit­tee, af­ter five years, is also dis­solv­ing, with no plans to hold an event in 2019.

“No­body had vol­un­teered to lead the event af­ter sev­eral at­tempts to find a suc­ces­sor to cur­rent com­mit­tee Chair­man Peter Judd. The team of five had hoped to see their fi­nal event go out with a bang, and are dis­ap­pointed to have put in days of work and not had the re­ward of a great fire­works show,” the state­ment con­tin­ued.

“It’s the look on the chil­dren’s faces when they see the sky light up that makes it all worth­while,” com­mit­tee mem­ber Lee Judd said.

Bring­ing to­gether al­most 120 vol­un­teers on the day of the event each year, the event drew in thou­sands of at­ten­dees from Dubbo and else­where.

Vis­i­tors to Dubbo at­tend­ing the event re­sulted in a $250,000 boost to the Dubbo re­gion econ­omy each New Year’s Eve. The team of five raised over $30,000 over the five years for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Chair­man Peter Judd said he’s proud of what the vol­un­teer com­mit­tee has achieved since its in­cep­tion in 2013.

The com­mit­tee also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to all the spon­sors over the years, es­pe­cially ma­jor spon­sors Roger and Gail Fletcher, and ev­ery­one who at­tended the events.

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