Sydney’s New Year fireworks display will go-ahead despite calls for it to be cancelled because of the bushfire crisis
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian acknowledged the “suffering in the community at the moment”. “Sydney is one of the first cities in the world that welcomes in the new year, and if it’s safe to do so, we should continue to do it as we’ve done every other year,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Several Australian cities cancel fireworks on New Year’s Eve as fire danger worsens
New Year’s Eve fireworks in Australia’s capital city, Canberra have been cancelled as the wildfire danger worsens in the oppressive summer heat, and pressure is building up for Sydney’s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped but still celebration is as per schedule.
Meanwhile, Soaring temperatures and strong winds have sparked new fires in the Australian state of Victoria, where tens of thousands of people were urged to flee.
The worsening weather started blazes and fanned existing ones across the nation’s south-east today. Crews across four states were bracing for a day of extreme fire danger.
More than 80 bush blazes continue to rage across Australia.
Extreme fire warnings have been issued for the states of Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania