Sydney New Year's Eve 2021

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined


Moved by the Chair (the Lord Mayor), seconded by Councillor Miller –

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note that the City will work towards delivery of a New Year's Eve event including 9pm and midnight fireworks, coordinated with the NSW Government, subject to:

(i)         the City achieving agreement with NSW Government that should the requirements of any Public Health Orders and/or the Covid Safe Plan for New Year's Eve not be able to be met by the City whilst also meeting Work Health and Safety obligations, then:

(a)       the NSW Government will take responsibility for the delivery and management for all elements of the Sydney New Year's Eve event for 2021; and

(a)       the City will be responsible for the delivery of the fireworks displays including barges, pylons and lighting projections only;

(ii)        the City continuing to seek advice from NSW Health and appropriate medical experts, including OzSAGE, to ensure all appropriate measures are being taken to protect employee and patron health and safety at the New Year’s Eve event;

(B)      authority be delegated to the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate and enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Government, and Agency Agreements with relevant NSW Government Agencies, for the 2021 Sydney New Year's Eve event;

(C)      Council note that if the above is not resolved before 4 December 2021, the City will continue with the delivery of the midnight fireworks display only; and

(D)      Council note that the Chief Executive Officer will continue to provide regular updates as to the progress on the negotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding by way of CEO Update.

The motion, as varied by consent, was carried unanimously.



Report author: Erin Cashman

Publication date: 05/10/2021

Date of decision: 05/10/2021

Decided at meeting: 05/10/2021 - Council

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