Late this afternoon the City of Perth was advised by the Chief Health Officer that he had recommended to the Premier that Skyworks 2021 not proceed on public health grounds.
The Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said that while this will be disappointing news for all West Australians, proceeding with Skyworks was always subject to the State Government’s COVID-19 roadmap and the subsequent restrictions.
“The advice from the Chief Health Officer is that proceeding with Skyworks in 2021 presents too great a risk to community safety. We have said all along public safety and wellbeing must come first,” Lord Mayor Zempilas said.
“We’re disappointed there’ll be no fireworks, but the City of Perth will still be the home of next year’s Australia Day celebrations in WA. This is a fabulous opportunity for our city to shine and celebrate like never before.”
“A new program of family activities, music and entertainment and neighbourhood events across the City of Perth is already being planned. We will celebrate Australia Day 2021 and we will do it safely.”
The revised Australia Day program will be tabled at the next Ordinary Council Meeting on 24 November 2020.
Issued by: Hannah Marcuson, Media and Communications Advisor, 0417 228 103 Hannah.Marcuson@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
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