Dubbo Regional Council have given indication they may take over the running of the New Years Eve fireworks celebrations.
In a statement Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields said the “council will now explore options.”
“Events at this scale do require significant resources, planning and risk management. The volunteer committee has done a great job in establishing this event but there may now be opportunity for new partnerships and new ideas to deliver this special celebration for the region,” Cr Shields said.
“Such a celebration is important to deliver social and economic benefits for our region.”
The statement comes after the Dubbo Fireworks committee announced it would be dissolved, and the New Year’s Eve fireworks for 2018 would not be rescheduled.
Council extended appreciation to the Dubbo Fireworks committee and stakeholders involved for their hard work over the last five years.
“The committee should be congratulated on their initiative and enthusiasm to start and run such a successful event not just for Dubbo but the whole region,” Cr Shields said.
The mayor said it was great to watch the event develop over the past five years, from the first conversations and meetings facilitated through Council’s Event Network in 2013 – resulting in the first committee and event in 2014.
“Council has been proud to support this event from its inception, through development of plans, regulatory advice, insurances and promotion along with support provided through Council’s Event Support and Development Program including $13,000 over the last three years.
“The community has demonstrated support and a partnership approach to this event and that was key to council providing its support.
Dubbo Regional Council will make further announcements in relation to an event throughout the year.
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