Lake NYE fireworks off

NEW Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled at Warners Bay and Swansea for the second year in a row.

The towns’ chambers of commerce have grown tired of the annual struggle to find money for the events from a diminishing pool of willing sponsors.

Warners Bay Chamber of Commerce president Greg Hopper said the event could no longer be sustained.

‘‘We can’t do New Year’s Eve any more,’’ Mr Hopper said.

‘‘We’ve had abuse on Facebook for not having the event, but we’re a volunteer group of five people doing an event for $50,000 that would cost most people $100,000 to run.’’

Lake Macquarie Police Inspector Murray Lundberg said police would still attend the areas on the night.

‘‘We’ll do the same as we did last year,’’ Inspector Lundberg said.

New Year’s Eve fireworks in Maitland, Newcastle, Wangi Wangi and Caves Beach will go ahead.

New Year’s Eve fireworks were also cancelled at Warners Bay and Swansea last year, but were held in 2010 and in years prior.

Swansea Chamber of Commerce president Peter Johnston said it had been difficult to get money for Swansea New Year’s events since the global financial crisis. ‘‘It’s primarily a financial thing, where we weren’t able to get the partnerships we needed to run the event,’’ Mr Johnston said.

As reported this week, the Warners Bay chamber has turned its attention to help organise the lake-wide Flotilla of Lights Festival, which is planned to begin next year.

The $500,000 festival is planned to run for more than a month, with main events on New Year’s Eve, Australia Day and the annual Carols by Candlelight event at Speers Point Park.

Mr Johnston said the Swansea chamber would support the flotilla festival with shows in different lake areas  throughout the month. 

It would include a ‘‘mother ship’’ of big screens, a light show, yachts with illuminated sails  and a flotilla of boats draped in Christmas lights.

New venue for Carols by Candlelight

CAROLS by Candlelight will be held in Swansea on Saturday, with a crowd of about 4000 expected.

Swansea Chamber of Commerce president Peter Johnston said the event would be held at a new venue, Thomas Humphreys Reserve,  next to Swansea Channel.

The event will include fireworks on a barge on the lake, as well as entertainment and food stalls.

The chamber raised the $14,000 needed to stage the event, which will run from 4pm to 9.30pm.

Carols by the Lake will be held at Toronto shore on Friday, December 21 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

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