Still call Australia home for fireworks safety
New South Wales residents celebrating Australia Day are being urged to put safety first at more than 30 registered fireworks events taking place this long weekend.
The warning from Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean comes after a successful New Year’s Eve, with no injuries and just one complaint about fireworks.
“New Year’s Eve was a cracker of a night – we had no incidents reported and only one noise complaint, which is down from the dozens we received the year before,” Mr Kean said.
“There were 450 registered fireworks events across the state on New Year’s Eve, so it’s great to see people getting the message.
“But we can’t afford to be complacent - SafeWork inspectors will be out again this weekend, ensuring anyone who is working with fireworks is doing it in a way which keeps families and onlookers safe.”
Mr Kean said there were big penalties for anyone found to be doing the wrong thing.
“Along with New Year’s Eve and the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Australia Day is a time when we celebrate by lighting up the sky - but we want the community to be safe and we’ll be out there making sure safety is first,” Mr Kean said.
“Any licensed pyrotechnician or single-use fireworks licence holder found not complying with their requirements faces on the spot fines of up to $2,500 and having their licence cancelled.
“Anyone caught selling, purchasing or letting off fireworks without a licence could face a fine of up to $27,500 and 12 months in jail.”
Licensed pyrotechnicians are required to notify authorities before a fireworks display, including the NSW Police Force, Fire and Rescue NSW or the NSW Rural Fire Service and local Council.
Anyone with information on the illegal use or sale of fireworks should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information on approved fireworks displays or licensing requirements is available by calling SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or visiting www.safework.nsw.gov.au