About the Project

The objective of this project is to seek community feedback on having fireworks as part of Council’s Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Council has committed to deliver fireworks as part of the Cowes Christmas Carols and New Year's Eve celebrations for the next three years (2022-2024) and to evaluate the impact and benefits of these events.

In addition to community and visitor feedback, Council will also be seeking further information on the environmental and economic impacts of fireworks and the events held around these displays.

We aim to balance the needs of residents, business owners, visitors and the environment while creating a vibrant destination for all to enjoy.

Fireworks displays were held in Bass Coast in 2022 at:

  • Cowes Carols by The Bay, 20 December, 9.30pm
  • New Year's Eve in Cowes, 9.30pm
  • New Year's Eve in Inverloch, 9.30pm
  • New Year's Eve in Coronet Bay, 9.30pm

Next steps

Feedback will be collated from business, community and visitors and combined with economic and environmental data to form a recommendation for how Council celebrates the end of the year post 2024.

Deadlines for feedback are:

  • 2022 season - 31 January 2023 - CLOSED
  • 2023 season - 31 January 2024
  • 2024 season - 31 January 2025

Feedback will be collated after each feedback period and combined to form a recommendation early 2025.