30 December 2020

The fireworks are cancelled, but there's still a lot you can do on NYE

| Dominic Giannini
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Fireworks in Covic

The fireworks display in the city has been cancelled for New Year’s Eve. Photo: File.

Canberra’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled for the second year in a row because of disasters, but this year Canberrans will be able to welcome in the new year across three nights in the city.

New Year’s Eve across the City will create a celebratory atmosphere at a number of popular locations for three nights between 29 and 31 December including Northbourne Avenue in the City, Lonsdale Street in Braddon, Lathlain Street in Belconnen, Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, Bradley Street in Woden and Hibberson Street in Gungahlin.

Local performers and musicians will provide street entertainment between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm each night while festive light displays and food will add to the atmosphere.

Light shows will also illuminate iconic Canberran attractions like Telstra Tower, Questacon, the Royal Australian Mint, the Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra Times Fountain and the National Carillion from 9:00 pm to midnight each night.

Partygoers and families are being encouraged to support local businesses and book ahead so they don’t miss out on their favourite restaurants to see out 2020.

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Street eats, live music and light shows are helping Canberrans stay festive while welcoming in the new year. Photo: Supplied.

If you are heading out this holiday season, make sure you download and use the Check In CBR app to help keep our community COVID-safe and stay home if you are unwell.

Plan your New Year’s Eve feasting celebrations at Events ACT.

The full list of musicians and where they are playing can be found below.

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You voted for the Nanny State Greens, so you get the Nanny State Greens. If it’s fun, ban it. If it’s loud, ban it. If it might spread a sniffle, ban it. Chief Nanny has decided what is best for you.

In the long term fireworks could go the way of all polluting substances and be eventually banned. An interesting scientific paper released in July 2020 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7330945/) shows data for pollution to the environment and health consequences from fireworks. The addition of lead to fireworks, up to 40,000ppm in one case is disturbing. Yet people here get worried about lead in paint at schools but not in fireworks. The paper concludes with, “Our research has demonstrated that fireworks particulate emissions are more toxic in vitro than typical urban particulate matter”.

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