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Sydney’s Mayor slams fireworks charges as New Year’s show plans revealed

By Michelle Brown

Posted December 14, 2015 13:48:08

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.

Composite of the symbols used on New Year's Eve 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. Photo: A variety of lighting motifs have been displayed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in previous years, but this year the “bridge feature will be the bridge itself”, the Lord Mayor stated. (AAP/AFP)

“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

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Man dies following stabbing in Sydney’s west

Posted December 07, 2015 06:29:37

A man who was stabbed to death in Sydney’s west yesterday had been involved in a fight with a group of men, police think.

Emergency solutions discovered the critically injured 35-year-old man in a suburban street in Fairfield East yesterday afternoon even though responding to reports of an assault.

“Initial investigations recommend an altercation took spot amongst a man and a group of males, just before the man was assaulted and stabbed,” a NSW Police statement mentioned.

“The 35-year-old man was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics, before getting taken to hospital where he died about 6:00pm.

“A crime scene was established and examined by specialist police.

“Inquiries into the incident continue and no arrests have yet been created.”

Police are urging any individual with info to make contact with Crime Stoppers.

Topics: assault, murder-and-manslaughter, fairfield-east-2165, sydney-2000

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Drug rehab centres in Sydney’s west ‘struggling’

Posted December 04, 2015 22:03:17

Below-pressure rehabilitation facilities have accused the New South Wales Government of neglecting drug abuse and addiction in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Wayback Rehabilitation Centre in Harris Park has been treating individuals with addictions for more than two decades.

Its waiting list has blown out to three months, and chief executive Ray Brindley said the centre was struggling to cope with enhanced demand.

“It’s quite concerning, since you’re trying to resolve the problem, trying to work at the problem, and you are hampered all the time due to the fact you don’t have the sources to take the folks who want rehabilitation,” Mr Brindley mentioned.

There are nine drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres in and around Sydney’s CBD, but Wayback is the only facility in the Parramatta region.

There are three other folks in Sydney’s south-west.

Rehabilitation centres map Photo: Although there are quite a few rehabilitation centres in and around the Sydney CBD there is only a single in the Parramatta region and only 3 in south western Sydney. (ABC News)

Mr Brindley stated the Government was neglecting people in the western suburbs.

“The issue we have in the area, and the support we have from the Government does not match,” Mr Brindley stated.

“We’re struggling a lot, it is just the lack of resources, you only have so a lot of beds, and you only have so many staff because you only afford to employ so numerous staff.”

Without rehab ‘there’d be a lot more men and women dying on the street’

Brett, who did not want his full name to be published, had been abusing drugs such as heroin and ice for 20 years when a court order led him to seek assist at Wayback in June.

He had to wait more than a month to get in, and feared he might not have created it if he was forced to wait any longer.

“I’d hate to feel, anything could have occurred, from killing myself, to even a lot more crime I suppose,” Brett said.

He mentioned the Government needed to acknowledge the significance of rehabilitation centres in fighting the scourge of drugs in the neighborhood.

“If it wasn’t for the rehabs there’d be a lot far more folks dying on the streets, a lot far more crime, and the families that it destroys is the massive a single,” he said.

“It is not just your mum and dads, it really is your young children, and the youngsters are the ones that endure.

“To have a rehab like Wayback – my children are going to have a future with their dad.”

Rehab demand ‘rises 10-15 per cent each year’

Larry Pierce, the chief executive for the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs (NADA), the peak organisation for the non-government drugs and alcohol sector, said there was a desperate require for services to be expanded in the west.

Larry Pierce Photo: Larry Pierce, chief executive of the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs, says a lot more funding is needed for drug rehabilitation in western Sydney. (ABC News)

“We know that there is about 160 beds across 3 agencies in the greater western Sydney location, they’ve all got pretty lengthy waiting lists, we know that demand has been rising by someplace between 10 a 15 per cent each and every year more than the final decade, with no a significant boost in the quantity of those beds.

“That waiting period that discourages a lot of folks from actually moving into that type of therapy, or they move off and try to find some thing else.

“Services could be expanded in both the number of beds, but also the number of and variety of applications the services could run.”

The Opposition’s spokeswoman for Mental Health, Tania Mihailuk, stated the Government had failed folks in the area.

“We have a developing population there, and clearly a lot more and a lot more individuals are facing drug dependency concerns and want the assistance of a rehabilitation centre,” Ms Mihailuk said.

“It is unacceptable that men and women are waiting weeks to have treatment.”

Tania Mihailuk Photo: Opposition spokeswoman for Mental Overall health Tania Mihailuk says the Government has failed the men and women of western Sydney. (ABC News)

In a statement, Mental Well being Minister Pru Goward defended the Government’s handling of the situation, saying it was drawing on police, wellness and community sources to fight drug use and addiction across the state.

“The NSW Government has budgeted $ 185 million this year for drug and alcohol treatment services such as withdrawal management solutions, counselling, rehabilitation solutions, and hospital-based drug and alcohol consultation liaison solutions.

“These services accept individuals making use of any variety of substance, including methamphetamines.

“Fighting the scourge of ice use and addiction is a priority for the NSW Government and we remain committed to delivering a range of drug and alcohol prevention and remedy programs appropriate across NSW.”

Subjects: drug-use, well being, rehabilitation, harris-park-2150, nsw, australia

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