THE Town of Bassendean will form a working group to review its Australia Day Celebrations and Fireworks event after a committee considered the event’s future last month.
The council was made aware of the Liveable Town Advisory Committee’s intentions to establish a working group to review the sensitivity, effectiveness, investment and risk management associated with the event at a meeting on February 28.
According to an officer’s report, the review outcome would be factored into a review of the Town’s cultural plan.
This year’s event attracted more than 15,000 people after the City of Perth’s Skyworks was cancelled because of a plane crash.
Community development director Graeme Haggart said following the City of Fremantle’s much-publicised decision to move its fireworks event from Australia Day, it was an opportune time to consider the annual event’s future direction.
“The Town is respectful and aware of the sentiment that exists within the Australian Aboriginal and broader community of the sensitivity of celebrating Australia Day on January 26 each year,” he said.
“We just want to make sure that we have the conversation to decide the best direction to take regarding the event.
“At the end of the day, Council may well decide to retain the event unchanged, but it is certainly appropriate that we do investigate the options in an open and transparent way.”
Mr Haggart said the working group would include committee members, Aboriginal community members, other community members and staff.
Meanwhile, Australia Day WA and Reconciliation WA have established an alliance to ensure respect and acknowledgment of the past played a vital role in all activities and initiatives throughout the year.
The Town’s review process would be held between March and April, including the community consultation process.
Nominations close on March 15, with a maximum of three community member positions available. For details visit the Town website’s community engagement section or call 9377 8000.