The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up in a blaze of colour last night with more than 2400 fireworks dazzling over a million people gathered around the Harbour.
Special lighting, new pylon projections & a moving ‘Welcome To Country’ illuminated Sydney’s ‘grand old dame’, making the world-famous coat-hanger structure of the Bridge come alive like never before.
Special flora & fauna fireworks celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens & 100 years of Taronga Zoo during the 9pm Family Fireworks.
“Once again Sydneysiders showed the world we are the number 1 spot for New Year’s Eve celebrations,” Lord Mayor Of The City Of Sydney, Clover Moore, said.
“Sydney was a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour last night, celebrating our many vibrant & diverse cultures in a fantastic welcome to 2016.”
“As one of the 1st major cities to welcome in 2016, images from last night’s fireworks displays have already been shared around the world on social & traditional media, showcasing our magnificent Harbour & encouraging even more people to visit and celebrate in Sydney.”
Millions of people tuned in to watch the 2 fireworks displays on TV & through a live stream on ‘Telstra Presents’’s YouTube channel. Destination New South Wales estimates the event generates an economic boost of more than $133 million for Sydney businesses.
7th-generation master pyrotechnician, Fortunato Foti, wowed the crowds with 2400 more fireworks than ever before erupting from above, below & through the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Lord Mayor praised the City Of Sydney workers who worked hard through the night to ensure Sydney was sparkling this morning.
“While the revellers went home after a great night’s entertainment, a great team of about 350 City staff collected 60 tonnes of waste to keep the City looking pristine in time for sunrise.”
“The $300,000 clean-up operation involved the use of 65 trucks, sweepers and compactors & an extra 650 mobile rubbish bins which were filled with plastic bottles, paper & food containers.”
Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ is proudly supported by the ABC, Telstra, Production Resource Group, The Electric Canvas, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, Coca-Cola Amatil, Crown Lager, De Bortoli Wines, El Jimador, Interface, McWilliam’s Wines, The Menzies Sydney, The P.A. People, 2DayFM, APN Outdoor, the Royal Australian Mint & New South Wales Government agencies and landholders including the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority & the Sydney Opera House Trust.
The charity partner for Sydney New Year’s Eve 2015 – ‘City Of Colour’ is Habitat For Humanity Australia.
Media Release: City Of Sydney