New Year’s fireworks cancelled

The annual Geelong Waterfront New Year’s Eve fireworks will be unable to go ahead this year due to Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The ongoing risk of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled across the country, including in Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Adelaide.

The City’s Acting Director Economy, Investment and Attraction Tim Ellis said the health and safety of Greater Geelong residents and visitors to the region was the City’s top priority.

“We understand many people will be disappointed by this, but the cancellation of our New Year’s Eve fireworks is sadly unavoidable in order to ensure the safety of our community,” Mr Ellis said.

“There are still many great ways to mark the occasion in smaller groups.

“You can get together with family and friends at one of our hospitality venues or embrace the space with a picnic in a park.”

The traditional free entertainment attracts between 20,000 and 50,000 visitors to the Waterfront annually and is a highlight on Greater Geelong’s social calendar.

The City urges community members to safely celebrate the festive season and to keep following the COVID-safe measures in place.

Information about how the City is responding to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation can be viewed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/covid19

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