PERTH’S Australia Day Skyshow will be turned into a fundraiser for bushfire relief in the wake of calls to scrap the fiery show.
A small online petition circulated this week calling on Perth council to cancel the event.
“It is not the time to celebrate when the rest of Australia is currently on fire. The money spent on Skyworks can be utilised on other worthy causes,” the petition read. It reached a modest 58 signatures.
But council commissioners announced the Skyshow would go ahead and there’d be fundraisers among the crowd collecting cash and eftpos donations.
“We understand the emotional turmoil these fires have caused for the community,” chair commissioner Andrew Hammond said in the announcement.
“The City of Perth Skyworks is the biggest Australia Day event in the country. Let us use this event to build community spirit and show our support for our fellow Australians.”
Premier Mark McGowan supported the initiative.
“As I have said, Western Australia stands ready to support the bushfire relief efforts in any way we can,” Mr McGowan said.
“The event creates an opportunity for attendees to make a donation to support those in need. The support from the community has been outstanding, and I look forward to seeing Western Australians dig deep as part of Skyworks 2020.”