The Coogee Carols and Coogee Sparkles NYE fireworks have been cancelled for a second consecutive year.
Randwick City Councillors met online on Tuesday 24 August 2021 for their ordinary council meeting and made the difficult decision to cancel the events due to the ongoing lockdown and pandemic uncertainty.
As an alternative to the traditional public events, Council will instead host a range of summer activations spread across Randwick City town centres similar to 2020.
The activations may include a Christmas lights trail, roaming entertainment, pop-up buskers, public art installations, tree wrappings, chalk art and Christmas decorations. Council is also investigating the feasibility of holding smaller village carols.
“Unfortunately it’s not likely we’re going to be able to present Coogee’s famous carols and fireworks events again this year,” Mayor Danny Said explains.
“The uncertainty around what restrictions may be in place in the coming months and the significant planning required to produce these events, means we’ve had to make this tough decision now.
“However, I’m really looking forward to the return of our summer activation and Christmas program which last year brought a little bit of joy and cheer across our town centres.
“Last year we had classic Christmas window displays in Kensington, fairy lights in trees at Matraville and Coogee and public artwork such as a giant melting icecream cone at Clovelly,” reflected Mayor Said.
Council also resolved to cancel the Seniors Christmas Concerts and Kingsford Night Noodle Markets which is traditionally held in November.
Grant funding usually provided to help host the Matraville Christmas Carols will be diverted to support decorations and activations in Matraville town centre.