By Michelle Brown
Sydney’s Lord Mayor says she is powerless to stop households being forced to spend entry costs to view the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from the harbourside Barangaroo Reserve.
Clover Moore has unveiled some of the plans for this year’s $ 7 million show and revealed it would ditch the tradition of lighting a central symbol on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The theme of this year’s fireworks display is “city of colour”, and will incorporate 11,000 shells, 25,000 comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects.
The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has released ten,000 tickets to access its new harbour headland park on New Year’s Eve, ranging from $ 14.50 for children to $ 79 for households of two adults and two children.
“I don’t believe the Barangaroo Delivery Authority should be searching for to make funds out of offering access for people to see the fantastic bridge show from that point,” Cr Moore stated.
“It’d be a great point to see it from for the men and women in the western element of the city, and I believe it need to be totally free like the sites are that we [City of Sydney council] look right after.
“Regrettably, we’re not responsible for the headland park.”
This year, each bridge pylons will be lit up for the initial time.
There will be particular lighting effects and two,400 added fireworks that will erupt above and beneath the bridge.
There will also be new pyrotechnic effects on the sails of the Sydney Opera Residence, and the family members fireworks display at 9:00pm will celebrate Taronga Zoo’s 100th anniversary and the Royal Botanic Gardens’ 200th anniversary.
Even so, there will be no central lighting motif on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the very first time given that 1996/97.
In previous years, the motif has included an eye, a lip and a thought bubble.
Final New Year’s Eve it was a lightbulb with a really like heart inside it.
“The big news this year is the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the 2015 New Year’s Eve ‘bridge effect’,” Cr Moore stated.
“The bridge feature will be the bridge itself.”
The fireworks display is developed by Sydney’s Foti International and directed by Fortunati Foti and his crew of 45 folks.
The creative vision for the celebration comes from established and emerging Sydney artists including Rhoda Roberts, design and style studio Province and fashion designers Romance Was Born.
The 9:00pm family fireworks will go off from four barges, whilst the midnight fireworks will launch from seven barges plus the Opera Residence and Harbour Bridge.
Much more than 50 illuminated boats will join the Harbour of Light Parade soon after 9:00pm carrying 8,000 people adding to 3,000 other vessels celebrating on the water.
This year’s official charity companion is Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit organisation that builds houses and communities in Australia and overseas.
The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has been contacted for comment.
Topics: arts-and-entertainment, community-and-society, sydney-2000