MOVING the location of Warrnambool’s fireworks display to the breakwater has been given the thumbs up by readers of The Standard.
The majority of Facebook comments posted liked the move and detailed the joy the display brought to locals and holiday-makers alike.
But ahead of the Warrnambool City Council’s planned review of the move, readers also had some suggestions about traffic congestion and one also suggested the display wasn’t as good as Portland’s.
Readers comments included –
- Belinda McGifford: “Much improved viewing for paediatric patients and families who were unlucky enough to be hospitalised this New Year's Eve.”
- Toby Holloway: “Great spot for fireworks. And a really good display for the family 9.30 time. Only thing that could improve the night would be to have some traffic management operating after early display to make it easier to exit afterwards.”
- Peter Conheady: “Everyone camping at the council’s foreshore caravan parks really appreciated/ enjoyed the new fireworks location. A great night enjoyed again and the park staff, security and police again did a fantastic job ensuring families could enjoy their celebrations.”
- Michelle Coverdale: “Watched it from the Flume and it was spectacular. No congestion getting home. My 2yr old has been talking about them all day.”
- Kristina Vagala: “They were wonderful. Love the new venue the twins loved it.”
- Justine Maccallum: “The fireworks were just fantastic – loved it at the breakwater.”
- Paul McMahon: “Great spot to have them but we look pathetic compared to Portland. Come on WCC.”
- Kathleen Clough: “Great display and great venue.”
- Maxine Lane: “My grand daughter aged 3 thought it was special, thanks Warrnambool.”
The council’s visitor economy manager David McMahon said this year’s display was larger than previous years so it was moved to the breakwater for safety reasons.
He said the council would review the move to the breakwater later this year to determine if it would be the venue for future displays.
Police reported few incidents from the celebrations and said they had no problems with the move.