The Parramatta celebrations otherwise remain unaltered, and will also feature a ‘Thank the Fireys’ booth, which will take donations and messages of support for the Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA). Money raised will be used to purchase equipment upgrades for fire stations.
In Sydney, the Australia Day fireworks over the harbour will proceed as planned, along with the annual Ferrython event.
The Yabun Festival will be held in Victoria Park, to honour the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Though other councils in New South Wales are yet to follow suit, the Victorian government has cancelled Melbourne’s Docklands fireworks display.
“The resources required for a fireworks display are hard to justify at a time like this,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews posted on social media.
“I’m very sorry we’ve had to make this call. But I hope you can appreciate why we’ve made it.”