It’s a cracker – Dubey sparks return of fireworks with move to Belco Party

Michael Weaver 23 August 2020 18

Vijay Dubey has proposed the return of cracker night in Canberra as part of his election campaign.

In a move that could be considered a cracker, or just plain crackers, former Liberal Party candidate Vijay Dubey has put a spark into the ACT election campaign by proposing the return of fireworks nights.

Mr Dubey was passed by the Liberals last month for not sticking to the party line. He has now been poached as the fifth candidate in Bill Stefaniak’s Belco Party.


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Last week Mr Dubey said, if elected, the Belco Party would push for the return of cracker night in the ACT.

“The public would be able to release fireworks for three nights over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend each year,” he said.

“The sale would be strictly regulated and only be allowed two-weeks prior and only from industrial areas. The emphasis would be on decorative fireworks and those that were safe.

“The plan would bring some … family-focused fun that could provide a festival atmosphere to outdoor events during the heart of Canberra’s winter.”

Mr Dubey also said extensive public consultation would occur before the first cracker night.

“This would be to ensure that potential safety and nuisance issues could be identified,” he said. “Restrictions could then be put in place to address potential issues.

“Cracker night would commence on a trial basis with crackers only being permitted in private premises and designated public places.”


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Convenor of the Belco Party Bill Stefaniak has welcomed Mr Dubey for the Canberra election on 17 October.

‘‘I am delighted to welcome Vijay with his particular skills and experience to the Belco Party,” Mr Stefaniak said.

“Vijay is a small business owner, teacher and public servant who has lived for over a decade in Belconnen and has called Aranda, Macquarie and Scullin home.”

Mr Dubey’s experience includes roles with state and federal agencies including the departments of Health and the Bureau of Statistics. He has a masters degree in education from Griffith University.

“My family and I love Belconnen and live in Belconnen,” Mr Dubey said.

“We love walking around our beautiful city, especially along the shores of Lake Ginninderra.”

Mr Dubey said he worries that Belconnen is in decline and the current Labor government has lost the plot.

“If you drive down the streets of Canberra, you will notice the impact of the high cost of living. Businesses are down and struggling, people are unhappy. Homelessness is on the rise, rates and cost of living has rocketed up,” Mr Dubey said.

“I am worried about our future, our excessive rates and the misguided priorities of a greedy out-of-touch government. I worry about the negative energy that pervades the city. I want to bring Canberra, and especially Belconnen, back to glory.”

Mr Dubey said that his voluntary work with Help Canberra gave him an insight into helping struggling families and the elderly.

“We mowed lawns, cleaned windows and gutters. I have seen what it is like in this city to struggle to survive.

“I have a vision for a better future for Belconnen which is why I am an active member of the Belco Party team.

“We have a focus on a better Belco.”


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18 Responses to It’s a cracker – Dubey sparks return of fireworks with move to Belco Party
Chris Edwards Chris Edwards 5:09 pm 26 Aug 20

Got any policies with substance?

John Moulis John Moulis 6:07 am 26 Aug 20

COVID-19, Budget deficit, homelessness, highest rates and rego in the country, business relocating to Queanbeyan … Ah, don’t you worry about that, here are a few crackers you can let off.

Shane Westmore Shane Westmore 10:18 pm 25 Aug 20

Belco Party hmmm... so do you have to show ID to prove you're a Belco resident to attend... and when they let off the fireworks on the banks of ol' Lake Gin'n'tonic & you're in Lyneham & accidentally see the fireworks, you get fined?

    Roderick Saunders Roderick Saunders 7:10 pm 27 Aug 20

    That's my postcode so I'm allowed to make that joke

    Shane Westmore Shane Westmore 7:23 pm 27 Aug 20

    nice... i used to live in 2616, at times we called it Belcompton... the Checkers food cart VIP card usually got you in anywhere

Roberta Lynne Anning Roberta Lynne Anning 6:06 pm 25 Aug 20

Resounding NO!

Deref Deref 3:47 pm 25 Aug 20

About what you’d expect from Duby.

Amanda Eisman Amanda Eisman 3:02 pm 25 Aug 20

No fireworks please. If that is all this liberal reject can offer, what hope will we have.

    Amanda Eisman Amanda Eisman 8:36 pm 25 Aug 20

    I know. They would have dumped him if he hadn’t resigned.

Amanda Caldwell Amanda Caldwell 8:02 am 25 Aug 20

No no no

bryansworld bryansworld 5:47 am 25 Aug 20

“Vijay is a small business owner, teacher and public servant who has lived for over a decade in Belconnen and has called Aranda, Macquarie and Scullin home.”

He doesn’t live in the electorate anymore?

Corey Karl Corey Karl 8:14 pm 24 Aug 20

Woah look out.... the fun police are out in force..... flowers, you’re allowed flowers, that’s it people. No loud cars, no fireworks, no nothing except flowers.... got it ??

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 8:10 pm 24 Aug 20

Poor old Fyshwick – just when it gets a whiff of gentrification in the nostrils, along comes a recycling plant, and now the cracker shops are stirring again.

There’d need to be a COVIDSafe plan to deal with all the Sydney-siders tooling down Hume to stock up……

Dean Adams Dean Adams 5:03 pm 24 Aug 20

What else does he have? Because people let them off in belco all the time, i hear fireworks almost every night.

David Perkins David Perkins 5:02 pm 24 Aug 20

Great policy initiative. Blind some kids!

David Brown David Brown 4:46 pm 24 Aug 20

Ubetcha. It was a great fun family night.

Edgar Sharp Edgar Sharp 12:58 pm 24 Aug 20

I had no idea about this party but now I will definitely be voting for them

Zoë Clews Tibbitts Zoë Clews Tibbitts 12:42 pm 24 Aug 20

Tackling the big issues here

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