With New Year’s Eve just ten weeks away, Maitland City Council is considering whether to go ahead with its traditional celebratory event.
Current health restrictions are still limiting the ability for mass gatherings, and Maitland’s popular New Year’s Eve celebrations typically attract crowds of over 10,000 people to the city, with the 9.00pm fireworks display being the main drawcard for the event.
At next week’s Council meeting on Tuesday 27 October, a report will be presented to Councillors outlining the various options explored by staff for holding some form of celebration on New Year’s Eve.
It also recommends an alternate approach to allow the community to celebrate the new year over January and the creation of a future event that could incorporate a fireworks display sometime in 2021 when public health restrictions permit.
To provide the opportunity for social connection and celebration, staff are recommending proceeding with a Make it Maitland Summer program.
The program would include a range of small to medium activations that would be spread across the city throughout the summer for the community to enjoy.
Staff are also recommending an additional event be held in 2021, similar in scale to the previous Winter Solstice event, which may include a fireworks display.
A decision on how to proceed will be made on Tuesday night.