Many across the country are calling for fireworks to be abandoned this New Year’s Eve in favour of donating the money to a good cause.
The Twin Towns Board of Management voted to cancel their NYE fireworks at Jack Evans Boat Harbour and Club Banora in recognition of the many Queenslanders and New South Wales residents battling catastrophic bushfires.
The board’s decision took into consideration the dangers posed by fireworks to bush and grassland in the vicinity of the clubs, as well as their responsibility to ensure life and property are not placed at risk.
Chairman Michael Fraser said the Board believes it feels like the right thing to do. ‘Bringing in the New Year without the bang will be a sentiment welcomed by many,’ he said. ‘Watching the devastation across the country, and so close to home, made us reflect on how else we could recognise New Year’s Eve this year.
Mr Fraser said that lending a helping hand to victims of this tragedy is firmly on the Board’s agenda for 2020. ‘We have decided that the $20,000 allocated for fireworks this year will instead be donated to bushfire appeals.’
Families can still head to the border to see the New Year roll in with presentations on the hour, every hour on the big screen and LEDs on the Twin Towns building.
‘It will be like Times Square on the border,’ said Fraser..
Mr Fraser on behalf of twin Towns wants extend their thoughts and best wishes from everyone to those affected by the bushfires. ‘We commend the rural firies and teams on the ground for their monumental efforts over past weeks. We are hoping for a New Year’s reprieve for everyone’.