Strathbogie Shire Council in conjunction with Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce (NLTC) would like to take this chance to thank all those who came to enjoy the New Year’s Fireworks at the Nagambie Regatta Centre.
This successful family-friendly, community event has now grown into a significant regional occasion with an estimated 5000 spectators viewin the fireworks on December 31.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Cr Amanda McClaren spoke passionately about the success of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks and acknowledged the significant efforts of local volunteers that made it all possible.
Council is fully supportive of NLTC - they are a hardworking community group that undertake promote fantastic family-friendly events and provide excellent tourism exposure for Nagambie.
The significant hard work and volunteer time has seen the fireworks grow and evolve from a community event to a truly special event to be included on everyone’s social calendar.
NLTC Executive Officer, Sissy Hoskin, said she was pleased with the overall result of the fireworks, and hoped that the community would turn out to offer their support in coordinating this year’s event.
"We have received a lot of passionate feedback, so we are hoping that we can turn this passion into a fantastic constructive working group for this year."
"We do recognise that there are some areas we can improve, after all we are only human. What we have learned is that communication and attendance are key, so maybe we have some community members that can help us improve the event and spread the word and to create something bigger and better."
Council, who provides approval for local events, said that the change of location, whilst not ideal was necessary to keep the event safe and accessible.
Cr McClaren said "the change of location was not an easy decision to make for NLTC."
"However weight restrictions, emergency access and public safety meant that the barge narrow floating pontoon previously used at Jacobson’s Outlook within the bowl of Lake Nagambie was no longer going to meet increasing safety regulations and public liability / insurance requirements for the pyrotechnic company. It was a case of evolving or no longer holding the event."
"Council would like to assure the public that the decision around the change of location was made for no other reason than safety and absolutely not for the benefit of any one individual business. Any comments made in contrary to this are malicious gossip."
"I would like to remind our community to be respectful of the hardworking volunteers involved in this event," she said.
Mrs Hoskin said the New Year’s Eve Fireworks were "100 per cent organised by the communityNLTC volunteers with support from the Shire of Strathbogie, for the community at a cost of approximately $10,000.
"This is only possible due to fundraising, so NLTC collects donations on the evening, which allows us to continue to run the this (and many other) events now and into the future.
"NLTC raised over $1700 from donations at this year’s event, which means at the end of the day we operated the fireworks on over an $8000 loss."
"More positive feedback about the event was that the Nagambie Men’s Shed sold more products food than compared with last year’s event and was very happy with the evening, as was the facepainter and Nagambie and District Lions Club.
St. John’s Anglican Parish of Nagambie had a great night keeping the children entertained with various activities.
"All stalls were provided stall holders operated at no free of charge, which allowed local community groups to fully enjoy benefit from the fruits of their labour."
NLTC, Strathbogie Shire Council representatives and other event stakeholders will meet later this month to review all aspects of the event inclusive of community feedback.
Any outcomes from this meeting relating to the future of the event will be circulated via Strathbogie Shire Council and NLTC communication channels.