Council resolve to support New Year’s Eve fireworks
At its monthly meeting yesterday, Federation Council resolved to not object to fireworks being held by the Corowa Rotary Club at Corowa RSL Park on New Year’s Eve subject to a detailed list of conditions.
Public consultation was conducted by council in respect to the event application in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Corowa and received 14 formal submissions which were not in favour of the fireworks being held at the RSL Park.
Council met with the Rotary Club of Corowa and discussed the possibility of moving the fireworks display back to John Foord Oval this year, but due to timelines, already purchasing of the firework shells by the pyro technician and substantially increased costs – if the fireworks were to be moved from the RSL Park then this year’s display would need to be cancelled.
Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said it was important to note that while notice must be given to councils of an intention to use any firework, councils have no power to approve the use of fireworks.
“This being said, council did take the formal submissions received which were not in favour of the fireworks being held at the RSL Park seriously and imposed a detailed list of conditions to be met by the event organiser,” Mayor Bourke said.
“The fireworks event is very popular among residents and visitors and it would be disappointing to see it not go ahead in any capacity.
“I am confident that the Rotary Club of Corowa who are a fantastic volunteer-based group have also taken the feedback seriously and will do all they can to meet concerns raised.
“Moving forward council has also offered its support to investigate potential sites for the fireworks show next year.”
Rotary Club of Corowa Fireworks Chairman Paul Miegel said the Rotary Club were appreciative of council’s support and the group looked forward to hosting this year’s fireworks event.
“We always enjoy seeing the many smiling faces, especially at the 9.30pm show and this year’s event is sure to bring many smiling faces to the RSL Park to watch the sky light up,” Mr Miegel said.
“Rotary would also like to take this opportunity to thank the fireworks major sponsors Rivalea and the Corowa RSL Club, as well as the many locals that have donated to the annual fireworks fundraiser throughout the year.”
Rotary will be conducting a letter drop to all residential properties within the area where fireworks are to be conducted advising of the event details, and giving advice to people in regards to keeping their pets safe during a fireworks display.
A safety inclusion zone covering the fenced area around the fireworks will be in place during the course of the display. People or animals are not permitted in this area for safety reasons between 6am on Sunday, December 30 to 8am on Tuesday, January 1.
Car parking is available at the Corowa RSL Club and Corowa Preschool, as well as street parking along John Street, Betterment Parade and Federation Avenue.
Security will be patrolling the event during the duration of the display. The fireworks event will begin with a junior show at 9.30pm, and a second show will follow to mark the start of the New Year at midnight.
Deputy Mayor councillor Shaun Whitechurch from Federation Council was the guest speaker (Blue shirt) with Anne Morley, Business Teacher, accepting the Student of the Year award for Carly Peter’s, who studied Cert III Business Admin Face to Face.