Last year, Approximately AUD5.8 million was allegedly spent on fireworks in Sydney, the petition says. More than 250000 people signed a petition saying that Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks should be cancelled and the money spent on fighting fires that threaten the city.
The display of the fireworks should also be cancelled as it may traumatize some people who are dealing with sufficient smoke in the air. Although Sydney’s lord mayor – Ms Clover Moore said that the fireworks would go ahead. Ms Moore said that she shared “deep sympathies” of those who signed the petition, but the planning of the fireworks had started 15 months in advance and most of the budget was already been spent.
However, the citizens who signed the Change.org petition said that the firework display would be an insult to them. In recent months, Australia has been dealing with severe bushfires due to record-breaking temperatures and severe drought. This has already caused air pollutions at a severe level in some parts of Australia. New South Wales is the most affected state, with nearly 100 fires burning.
The town of Balmoral, south-west of Sydney, was largely destroyed on 22 December and major roads south of the city had been closed.