Coun­cil re­solve to sup­port New Year’s Eve fire­works

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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.

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