Corowa’s “sen­sa­tional” fire­works dis­play

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JARRYD BARCA

Corowa’s tra­di­tional fire­works dis­play has been deemed an­other suc­cess and was thor­oughly en­joyed by lo­cals and tourists alike ac­cord­ing to Ro­tary Club of Corowa Fire­works Chair­man Paul Miegel.

This year’s dis­play was held at RSL Park as op­posed to John Fo­ord Oval, where the cel­e­bra­tions were for the three years prior.

Fol­low­ing rit­ual, a dis­play was shown at 9.30pm be­fore again at mid­night.

Mr Miegel said he was pleased with the turn out by fam­i­lies young and old de­spite some so­cial me­dia up­roar re­gard­ing the venue switch.

“There were lots of fam­i­lies there and all of the feed­back we got af­ter the 9.30pm dis­play was very pos­i­tive, peo­ple (were) say­ing it was sen­sa­tional and awe­some,” he told The Free Press.

“Given the neg­a­tiv­ity on so­cial me­dia there was a lit­tle bit of ap­pre­hen­sion as to how peo­ple would re­spond to it but the com­mu­nity turned up which was great.

“We thought the view­ing was ex­cel­lent and all in all it went off with­out a hitch.”

Mr Miegel said the best thing about the Corowa fire­works dis­play to kick off the new year is it brings the com­mu­nity to­gether.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil re­solved to not ob­ject to the fire­works be­ing held at RSL Park, sub­ject to a de­tailed list of con­di­tions, at the De­cem­ber monthly coun­cil meet­ing.

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 RSL Park.

Coun­cil met with the Ro­tary Club of Corowa and dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing the fire­works dis­play back to John Fo­ord Oval, 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 the 2018/2019 dis­play would have needed to be can­celled.

“We had to change it a bit this year be­cause we didn’t quite have the funds that we’ve had in pre­vi­ous years, so we had to re­think how we were go­ing to put on a good show for the com­mu­nity and it’s turned out ok,” Mr Miegel said.

“Ev­ery­body was happy with the event. For the money we had it was the best show we could put on for the com­mu­nity, that’s the eco­nomic re­al­ity.”

Mr Miegel said plans are not yet un­der­way for next year’s dis­play.

“We will have a bit of a de­brief and talk to the RSL Club, it’ll very much de­pend on our spon­sors and the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“If some­one else wants to take on run­ning a fire­works show, so be it, we won’t get in their way. If no one wants to then we’ll have our hand up again and cer­tainly look to put on an­other show for the com­mu­nity.

“I would like to thank Ri­valea and the RSL Club for their con­tin­ued spon­sor­ship that re­ally en­abled us to do the fire­works,” he added.

“Thanks to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and to ev­ery­one who turned up and Griff’s Fire­works – the pyro tech­ni­cian who put on a great show.”

A safety in­clu­sion zone cov­er­ing the fenced area around the fire­works was in place dur­ing the course of the dis­play.

Nearly 2,000 peo­ple were greeted with a sea of spec­tac­u­lar lights and colours in the dark sky on New Year’s Eve.

Park as Corowa’s sky lights up on New Year’s Eve. Photo by Si­mon

Thou­sands of on­look­ers at RSL Ginns.

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