THE 2021 Skyworks has been cancelled on public health grounds.
Back in June when the now-departed Perth city council commissioners endorsed tentative planning for the Skyworks, it was always subject to advice from the WA chief health officer Andrew Robertson.
Late afternoon on Friday November 13, the council was informed the CHO had advised premier Mark McGowan that the Skyworks ought not proceed “on public health grounds”.
The Skyworks was budgeted to cost the council $2.2 million, and most of that has not been expended. However the council’s list of payments for September shows a $99,000 payment to “Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics Displays” for the 2021 fireworks contract.
Lord mayor Basil Zempilas said in a statement; “We have said all along public safety and wellbeing must come first.
“We’re disappointed there’ll be no fireworks, but the City of Perth will still be the home of next year’s Australia Day celebrations in WA. This is a fabulous opportunity for our city to shine and celebrate like never before.
“A new program of family activities, music and entertainment and neighbourhood events across the City of Perth is already being planned. We will celebrate Australia Day 2021 and we will do it safely.”
Councillors will consider a revised Australia Day program at the November 24 meeting.
City Christmas events will still go ahead, as they’re smaller and spread out.
by DAVID BELL