Sydney gears up for NYE fireworks despite raging bushfires

PETER PARKS / AFP

Sydney is going ahead with New Year’s Eve fireworks show despite calls for its cancellation as devastating bushfires rage across Australia.

Critics had wanted Sydney to reallocate the funds spent on the fireworks towards fighting the bushfires, but officials claimed the show is an economic boost to the city and cancelling it will not help the fire victims. 

City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said people viewing the fireworks around the harbour will see a donation link projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons throughout the night.

More than 100,000 fireworks will light up the skyline for 12 minutes to about one million spectators.

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