Why we aren’t cancelling the fireworks
The Australia Day Council of South Australia recognises that this has been a devastating time for many of our communities in South Australia and across the country. We are horrified by the destruction and the loss that has been experienced by so many and we stand in solidarity with all those that have been impacted.
As Australians we share a unique set of values, built on the spirit of community, compassion, resilience, courage and selflessness. On Australia Day 2020 we encourage people to connect and to reflect on these values as well as continue to support one another.
Furthermore, these values will be reflected across all the Australia Day in the City 2020 activities, from the deeply hopeful and meaningful Australia Day Smoking Ceremony, to one of the largest Australia Day Parades in the country that embraces our community, our identity, and our uniqueness as well as offering a tribute to our courageous and selfless volunteers who place their lives on the line to save others. Then connecting families and friends together in Elder Park to be uplifted by performances from G-Nat!on, the heartfelt Iwiri choir, and the dynamic Electric Fields. Closing this showcase of energy and strength will be the fireworks display over the River Torrens – providing a symbol of hope for the future.
The Australia Day Council of South Australia appreciates the concerns that our community has around holding the Australia Day in the City 2020 Fireworks. While we appreciate the suggestion to cancel these fireworks and reallocate the funding to bushfire relief, our fireworks are planned and contracted months in advance.
The Fireworks are proudly presented by Aus Diamond Mining and MGA Insurance!
We look forward to celebrating with you and your families at Australia Day in the City 2020!