Thousands Sign Petition Calling For Sydney's New Years Eve Fireworks To Be Scrapped
Sydney's New Years Eve fireworks are touted as one of the best displays to ring in the coming year in the whole world.
Some of the city's best locations become a dazzling and sizzling backdrop as many colours fill the sky when the clock strikes 12.
But there's a massive chorus of people who want the 2019/20 show to be scrapped in light of the devastating bushfires and drought to hit New South Wales.
More than 14,000 people have signed a petition calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to stop the annual fireworks display.
Kayla Neale started the online campaign, writing on Change.org: "With Australia facing drought and now catastrophic fires, decimating towns as it tears across our country, the thought of spending MILLIONS of dollars on a firework display when it could be used to support and rebuild our country instead is infuriating.
"Join me in petitioning that the funds for the 2019/2020 New Years Firework display in Sydney are instead allocated to the Aussie farmers affected by drought and the Aussie citizens affected by the fires.
"It's times like these when we as a nation need to look at our priorities and I believe the new year should be welcomed in in the Aussie way; by giving our fellow Australians a helping hand!"
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While the petition is directed at Mr Morrison, the fireworks display is organised by the City of Sydney Council - who has revealed that there will be no intention to change or move the show.
A spokesperson told 10 Daily: "The event attracts more than one million people to the harbour foreshore, more than one billion global viewers and generates more than $130 million into the NSW economy annually.
"A large proportion of the New Year's Eve budget is spent on crowd safety measures."
In addition to that, the Council announced last year that it had donated $200,000 towards drought affected communities.
The Council will meet today to discuss whether a further $300,000 should be donated to the Country Women's Association - so there's no denying the City of Sydney is doing its bit to help out those people affected by the drought.
"The Minute will also see the City match staff donations to bushfire and drought appeals dollar for dollar, and offer in-kind support to firefighting efforts, bushfire relief, and post-emergency clean-up, such as water trucks, other council service vehicles and staff," the spokesperson said.
But there's also no denying that with more than 14,000 signatures on the online petition, there is an appetite for Sydney to do something about the bushfires.
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