Summer 2009 got off to a spectacular start as thousands of people lined the Fitzroy River to watch the annual SeaFM Fire In The Sky.
Summer 2009 got off to a spectacular start as thousands of people lined the Fitzroy River to watch the annual SeaFM Fire In The Sky. FILE

Ratepayers won't fund fireworks

ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Brad Carter yesterday said he would not send ratepayers’ money up in smoke by paying for fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

In response to recent public comment about the lack of entertainment in the city on New Year’s Eve, Cr Carter said it was not the council’s responsibility to provide it.

However, he said he would support any organisation that wished to hold a family friendly event that utilised Riverside Park or other public areas at the Capricorn Coast and Mount Morgan.

“I’d be very keen to see an event that encouraged greater family participation and moved away from alcohol-type events,” he said.

“I’m just not sure it’s necessary for council to put these things on.”

However, Cr Carter said it was possibile that council could become “partially involved” in hosting a public New Year’s Eve celebration. “It would be far too great an expe

nse for council alone and a significant drain on internal staffing resources.

“Fireworks might be great entertainment for the kids, but I’m quite sure most ratepayers would have some concerns.”

Amid suggestions the SeaFM Fire In The Sky be moved to New Year’s Eve instead of early December, Cr Carter said it was up to the event organisers to make that decision.

“I would support it if that was the organisers’ wish, but it is already a very successful event as it is,” he said.

Rockhampton Media Centre general manager and SeaFM Fire In The Sky event organiser Stuart Tovey yesterday said moving the event from early December to New Year’s Eve was not a likely fix.

“Fire In The Sky is currently held as a launch into Summer – that’s the premise behind it,” he said.

“It costs an enormous amount to put this event on and if we were to hold it on New Year’s Eve, the cost would be even greater.”

Mr Tovey said more than $35,000 was spent hosting the event.



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