BASS Coast Shire Council’s end of year fireworks displays will not go ahead this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, council said today (Thursday, November 19).

Displays would usually occur at the Cowes Christmas Carols event and on New Year’s Eve in Coronet Bay, Inverloch and Cowes.

Local community Christmas carols celebrations have also been cancelled this year, however, there will be a virtual Bass Coast Community Christmas Carols event, run by the churches of Wonthaggi and Inverloch, at 7pm on Saturday, December 19.

Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said the decision on the fireworks was in step with COVID-safe requirements set by the state government and necessary for the community’s ongoing safety.

“I know a lot of people, young and old, will be disappointed, but unfortunately there’s no way to keep attendance within the restricted gathering limits, which are currently in place for everyone’s safety,” Ms Wastie said.

“Each year our fireworks displays attract thousands of people and under the current circumstances, and in close consultation with emergency services, these crowd numbers are just not acceptable or safe.”

Ms Wastie said there was still lots happening to help get communities into the festive spirit.

“We’ve got new Christmas decorations going up in Wonthaggi, Cowes and Inverloch this year and we’re also holding a Christmas decoration competition for both the community and businesses. I look forward to seeing everyone getting into the spirit and celebrating what has definitely been a challenging year,” Ms Wastie said.

To get involved with the competition, visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/Christmas.

For more details on the virtual carols event, search for ‘Bass Coast Community Christmas Carols’ on Facebook.