Illawarra Newsroom

Shellharbour Club cancels New Year's Eve fireworks


After years of entertaining the community with it's traditional New Year's Eve fireworks, the Shellharbour Club has made a call to cancel this years display and focus on supporting the Rural Fire Service and drought relief.

The club will instead donate 10 thousand dollars to the RFS and the same amount to Litres for the Land who take water to drought affected communities.

Shellharbour Club CEO Debbie Cosmos said the Board and Management came to the decision over the last month.

"We feel that it's time to use that money for better purposes hence we are going to cancel this years display.

"Litres for the Land transport water out to the bush and hopefully it goes to farms and families that are in desperate need of that water," she said.

Cosmos also confirmed that community safety played a role in the decision.

"We certainly looked at it from a risk perspective.

"Where we let our fireworks off is very close to the Blackbutt Reserve, we're conscious of that.

"Basically we just want to make sure the money goes where it's best needed," she said.

New Year's Eve celebrations will still be held at the Shellharbour Club with many family friendly events planned.

Image: Shellharbour Club