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Written by Aksel Ritenis

 MAKE NYE FREE FOR ALL TO SEE! – SAIS NSW LABOR

A NSW Labor Government will make the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Sydney Harbour free for all to see, by removing fees for tickets to access public vantage points.

Currently, tens of thousands of people are forced to fork out as much as $600 for the chance to watch our world leading fireworks in person.

Prior to Covid, over one million people would attend harbour foreshore events on New Year’s Eve, with events being largely non-ticketed. During the pandemic, local councils implemented free but ticketed events to control numbers.

However, the NSW Government has been increasingly imposing charges for tickets and vantage points in recent years.

Currently over 45,000 people have to pay simply to watch the fireworks around the harbour. This means some families have to pay hundreds of dollars simply to sit in the park with their kids, while some sites under NSW Government ownership or management are currently charging up to $595 for tickets to access to foreshore sites on New Year’s Eve.

Removing ticket fees would bring these events and locations in line with 30 other locations spread among council areas that span the whole harbour foreshore.

More importantly, it would return fairness to one of the fundamental joys of living in Sydney – ringing in the New Year by watching the fireworks in person with friends and family.

Ticketing can still be used for the purposes of crowd control and safety, but at no cost to attendees.

The NSW Opposition says it will stop the creeping user-pays approach this NSW Liberal Government has taken to almost everything it can get its hands on – and make the NYE fireworks free again.

Quotes attributable to Chris Minns, NSW Labor Leader:

“We have the most beautiful harbour and the most beautiful city, and every person should be able to enjoy it – for free.

“That’s what Labor will do if we are elected. No matter where you watch the fireworks around our harbour, it will be free.

“A night out with family or friends in Sydney, ushering in the new year, that’s priceless.”

Quotes attributable to Prue Car, NSW Deputy Labor Leader:

“The families of Greater Sydney have been through so much in the past few years. They deserve to celebrate the New Year without worrying about additional costs to the family budget.”

Quotes attributable to John Graham, NSW Shadow Minister for the Night Time Economy & Music:

“Fireworks over the harbour at new year have made Sydney famous around the world. They have created so many good memories over the years. We want to see them free and accessible to all.”

Quotes attributable to David Harris, NSW Shadow Minister for Jobs, Investment & Tourism:

“New Year’s Eve around Sydney Harbour is a time for promise and optimism. It should be available to all residents not just those who can afford to buy a ticket.”

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