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Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, concerts, fireworks, western australia by freoview on August 6, 2016

The City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee will this coming Wednesday debate if it will make a change to the traditional Australia Day fireworks.

The officers propose to run events over the long weekend, starting with the new citizen ceremony and a lunch on Thursday January 26, followed on Saturday the 28th with a multicultural Australia Concert from 4-7 pm at the Esplanade, with as highlight the Pigram Brothers from Broome playing at sunset.

That would be followed on Sunday the 29th with an indigenous afternoon from 2-4 pm at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The fireworks in Fremantle cost $ 145,000 and of that the City of Cockburn paid $ 25,000.

I am all for going away from the fireworks as I consider it a huge waste of money that millions of dollars are shot in the sky all over Australia on January 26, polluting the oceans and rivers and frightening the hell out of dogs.

The suggestions by the officers are pretty much been there done that though and not very creative. I would like to see a laser show in the sky over Fremantle, floating pontoons at Bathers Bay with colourful projections and music, a floating stage with dancers dressed in fairy lights and fluorescent clothing, just after the sun has set, not just a stage with bands on it.

Fremantle has a lot of music events, so an Esplanade concert would have to be very different and really embrace our diversity and multiculturalism, Indian music and dancing, Afro, soul, rock, Italian, Noongar, etc.

Let’s see what our Elected Members have to say about it.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on August 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    There is a big Australia Day firework in Perth, so it;s good for Fremantle to have something alternative for those who don’t enjoy fireworks. It does not have to mean at all that fewer people will come to Freo, as long as the entertainment on offer is different and special and not just bands playing on a stage on the Esplanade.


  2. Caroline said, on August 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    One less bloody firework banging night would be very welcome but maybe a laser light show could be done instead as it is not noisy polluting expensive and etc. I cannot see how it could be done at the beach still but maybe someone else could.

  3. Mark said, on August 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Our council is very effective at driving people/business out of Fremantle

    How many people will not come to Freo without the fireworks
    How many locals will just go somewhere else to watch the fire works
    One thing the fireworks offers is an attraction to many areas around Freo allowing large groups in many locations.
    Guaranteed this will have a negative impact on the number of people attracted to Freo for our National day
    It will not effect how Australia Day is celebrated as those wanting to continue the ways it’s done will just go to an area that supports Australia Day taking their money with them.

    What council will garanteed is that yet again Freo businesses will lose out.

  4. Cate Rose said, on August 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

    You’d think with all the creative people in Freo we could come up with something cool that is family friendly!

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