This year marks two fireworks shows left after the pandemic caused the former family show to be scrapped last year. Six tons of fireworks will shoot up in the sky over the harbor at 9pm and midnight.
Sydney City Council issued 17,000 tickets to the six beach resorts it manages, with all but Glebe’s sprawling Bicentennial Park sold out. There is capacity for about 87,000 more people elsewhere on the waterfront.
Cr Moore said anyone traveling into the city to get fireworks should have a ticket to a private venue or to a party or to one of the municipal or state government-run vantage points around the harbor.
“Because the rise in Omicron cases is a real concern, people should carefully consider the risks of attending events and gatherings. People should be vaccinated, use QR codes, wear masks, train social distancing and plan the night. If people feel uncomfortable, even with mild symptoms, we kindly ask them to stay home. “
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has called on Sydneysiders to go out and celebrate. Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres expected smaller audiences for the event, which usually draws around 1.1 million spectators to the foreshore.
“There will be fewer people out in the city because people take personal responsibility for their own health and make the conscious decisions to stay at home,” Mr Ayres said.
Asked whether the deserted city showed a lack of confidence in his handling of the virus, Mr Perrottet said the night would be “a much bigger event than it was last year”, with fewer fireworks and no crowds.
Silhouettes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers will be projected on the Harbor Bridge pylons during this year’s 21.00 Welcome to Country fireworks, curated by First Nations artist Blak Douglas.
More fireworks will be fired from the Opera House than ever before.
Five thousand colored lights on the bridge will flood the harbor and foreshore with blue lights to honor frontline workers at 6 p.m.
“We know the hard work and inherent risk that our front-line staff face every day, and we want to acknowledge that,” said Lighting Director Ziggy Ziegler.
At midnight, a colorful screen with bursts of neon, pastel and spinning fireworks will burst into the sky to a soundtrack created by the electronic music duo The Presets.
“Whether people watch it live or on TV, I think it will bring joy to a lot of people, and I think that’s really the key,” Cr Moore said.
Sir. Camuglia said his family living in Peakhurst did not normally attend the celebrations in the city, but said that this year it was “all about fireworks for us. We are lucky that they are still happening in Sydney.”
He admitted that the risk of getting COVID-19 “was always a concern”.
“We just want to keep to ourselves. It has not fallen off, so it will still exist in the new year. It’s a bit of a bummer.”
Teresa Camuglia, 50, looked forward to “saying goodbye to 2021” and joking that the coming year “can not get worse”.
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