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Canberra’s Aus Day fireworks cancelled; replaced by fundraising concert

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The ACT Government has today announced that Canberra’s Australia Day 2020 celebrations will look a little different to normal.

Instead of the usual concert by the lake and fireworks display, Acting Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Rachel Stephen-Smith today announced that a day-time concert will replace the evening’s festivities.

“While our neighbours continue to battle bushfires, our emergency services personnel on alert and unpredictable weather in the weeks ahead, this is not the year for us to celebrate with fireworks,” says Minister Stephen-Smith.

“Rather, Australia Day is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the many Australians who are currently engaged in efforts to reduce the harm and trauma caused by bushfires this season.”

“Due to the ongoing hot and dry weather and likelihood of ongoing smoke and poor air quality, a decision has been made to move the event to the morning to follow the National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremonies at Rond Terrace which are both open to the public.”

Kicking off at 10 am on Sunday 26 January, the concert will take place at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park until 1 pm, with Australian indie-pop musicians Japanese Wallpaper (pictured) and singer Nicole Millar performing, supported by Canberra’s Monica Moore.

There will be food trucks and family-friendly amusements, with the Minister stating that the Government is exploring ways to support communities, animals and natural environments impacted by the bushfires through several charities.

“This event will be an opportunity for Canberrans to gather their friends and family and enjoy a relaxed morning at Commonwealth Park with good food and great music,” says Minister Stephen-Smith.

“I am also aware that Canberrans have a range of views about Australia Day and that many do not see 26 January as a day for celebration. The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that our event is inclusive and respectful of all views, recognising that it is held on Ngunnawal land.”

Keep your eye on events.act.gov.au/Australia-day for more information.

Feature image: Japanese Wallpaper via Facebook

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