Have we seen the last iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney? Plans to replace a $ 6.5 million pyrotechnic display with a “drone light show” in an effort to “reduce emissions”
- The City of Sydney will consider replacing NYE fireworks with a light show
- Monday it is suggested to consider alternatives to the $ 6.5 million show
- A drone light show helps to reduce emissions and is more cost-effective
Sydney’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks show can be scrapped and replaced with a drone light show if a new proposal is approved by the municipality.
The Sydney City Council plans to discuss a more environmentally-friendly option for future New Year’s Eve, following calls to demolish the explosives in an effort to curb emissions.
Liberal councilor Craig Chung will propose the idea on Monday hoping to find alternatives to the millions-dollar pyrotechnic show that attracts more than a million people every year, The Sun-Herald reported.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbor Bridge during New Year’s Eve midnight display on Sydney Harbor on January 1, 2019
The city is considering scrapping its millions-dollar fireworks show and replacing it with a drone light show instead. Pictured: 600 drones form a pattern during a light show of 15 minutes in China
Chung said the move “would be a great signal to the world that Sydney is progressive and looking for ways to reduce emissions.”
The move would also be cheaper, because light shows with 500 drones can be as low as $ 75,000 – a fraction of the $ 6.5 million that the city spends on fireworks.
The fate of last month’s show was already in the run up to 2020 due to concerns about forest fires.
A petition calling for the fireworks to be demolished was signed by 250,000 people who demanded that they be referred to NSW drought and emergency aid.
Liberal councilor Craig Chung will propose the idea on Monday hoping to find alternatives to the extravagant pyrotechnic show that attracts more than a million people every year
The municipalities have canceled fireworks shows in Parramatta and Cambelltown in the west of Sydney, Wollongong in the south and Maitland on the mid-north coast.
But the Sydney celebrations finally took place at the request of Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, who said the show should go on as long as experts found it safe.
The city’s famous parties tend to attract one million people to the port and generated $ 130 million for the NSW economy.
Clover Moore of Sydney said they had already started to integrate drones into the display and that municipal employees “are constantly investigating improvements and new technologies.”
Sydney was lit up in a spectacular $ 6.5 million firework display (photo) while more than a billion people from around the world watched the city announcing the new year