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Please keep pets safe as fireworks planned to ring in 2019

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The City of Greater Bendigo is proud to again present a fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

The sky will erupt in colour through an early display at 9.15pm, followed by the traditional midnight fireworks to ring in 2019.

City of Greater Bendigo Tourism and Major Events Manager Terry Karamaloudis said Bendigo’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display was enjoyed by hundreds of people.

“The fireworks will be released from the Rosalind Park poppet head and I encourage residents to gather at various vantage points around the CBD to enjoy the display,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

“To allow the fireworks to take place safely, there will be an 85 metre exclusion zone surrounding the poppet head and the car park off Gaol Road will be closed from 6am Monday December 31, 2018 until approximately 9am Tuesday January 1, 2019.”

Pet owners not ringing in the New Year at home are reminded to ensure their pets are safe and secure before going out to celebrate.

Safe and Healthy Environments Manager Caroline Grylls said the noise of fireworks could scare pets, causing them to run away.

“Our local laws officers are always very busy on New Year’s Eve picking up wandering pets who have been frightened by the sound of the fireworks,” Ms Grylls said.

“If pets cannot be easily returned they will be taken to the pound where owners will be charged a fee to collect them.”

The City’s local laws prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public places within central Bendigo without an appropriate liquor licence.

The declared area is bound by Don/Myrtle Streets, Barnard Street, Water/Baxter Streets and Bramble/Mundy/McLaren Streets.

The fireworks displays will be cancelled if a Total Fire Ban is declared on Monday December 31.

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