New Year's Eve fireworks: Northern Beaches Council adds Frenchs Forest to locations

NEW LOCATION: Lionel Watts Reserve in Belrose will be the included in council's New Year's Eve fireworks display for 2021. Picture: FILE
NEW LOCATION: Lionel Watts Reserve in Belrose will be the included in council's New Year's Eve fireworks display for 2021. Picture: FILE

FIREWORKS will go ahead in the northern beaches this New Year's Eve, with council adding a new location to its lineup.

Lionel Watts Reserve in Frenchs Forest will join the traditional venues of Manly, Dee Why and Bayview.

Northern Beaches Council mayor Michael Regan said he was thrilled fireworks would return after COVID forced their cancellation in 2020, and only Manly was able to go ahead the year before due to large swells and bushfires.

"2021 has been a tough year and what better way to mark its end than with firework events which bring our community back together," he said.

"Lionel Watts is a great facility and has proven it can host big events. It's a great location for families and you don't have to drive to the beach and try and find a parking spot or space to view. It was a no brainer really. Hopefully if all goes well, it can become an annual event."

A number of comments came back saying we should be looking to make the switch to drones, to laser lights and other methods that won't scare the animals, nor pollute the environment.

Mayor Michael Regan

Cr Regan recently launched a survey calling on the community to have its say on whether the fireworks should go ahead, and he said the results revealed some interesting feedback.

"A number of comments came back saying we should be looking to make the switch to drones, to laser lights and other methods that won't scare the animals, nor pollute the environment," he said.

"On that basis, I will put a Mayoral Minute forward at the next council meeting to ask our staff to look at all those options, compare the costs, the benefits and present that back to the new council early next year so that we can consult with the community.

"In the past when we have looked at that, it has been cost prohibitive. Things change. We owe it to our community to consider these options for so many reasons."

Fireworks will be subject to the NSW Health Orders in place at December 31.

The Manly, Dee Why and Belrose fireworks will be on at 9pm, with the Bayview time still to be confirmed.

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