Perth’s Australia Day Skyworks could be scrapped next year surrounding COVID-19 uncertainty.
Despite WA’s low infection numbers and easing of restrictions – plus the event being 8 months out – the City of Perth are looking to cancel.
“Even with further restrictions being eased on gathering between now and the event date in January 2021, there remains a high risk that events the size of Skyworks will be inappropriate to stage due to potential public health risks that large crowds pose,” the City said in a statement.
They also stated that priorities have shifted.
“In working to support businesses, ratepayers and residents impacted by COVID-19 and to help the economy recover in the long-run, the City’s revenue and expenditure is being shifted to more urgent needs and priorities of our local and regional community.”
WAtoday also reported that a cloud also hung over events such as the Perth Royal Show, any New Year’s celebrations and the Christmas Pageant.
The Australia Day Skyworks is Perth’s biggest event, attracting about 300,000 to the city and foreshore.