Family entertainment - fireworks or sound and light show?

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Consultation has concluded.  Thank you to all of those who participated. 

The City of Ballarat is seeking feedback from the community for their preference between an annual fireworks display or a sound and light show to commence in 2022. Community feedback will be considered in the decision-making process, along with a range of other factors. Please consider the following when casting your vote:

  • Fireworks cost approximately $38,000 for a 15-20 minute show.
  • A single sound and light show of the same duration costs approximately $200,000 - $250,000.
  • For safety reasons, fireworks are best located over a body of water. Therefore future fireworks will continue to be held at Lake Wendouree.
  • Fireworks used are non-toxic and leave no harmful residue in the water, as confirmed by Council water testing before and after fireworks displays.
  • Fireworks are not feasible in wet and poor weather which limits the time of year in which a display can take place.
  • A sound and light show would also be scheduled in the warmer and drier months for crowd comfort.
  • Given the short duration of both fireworks and sound and light shows, these would be part of the program for an existing event or activity rather than stand-alone activities.

    Enter your email on the 'Stay Informed' option on the menu on the right to be updated about the results of this survey.


The City of Ballarat is seeking feedback from the community for their preference between an annual fireworks display or a sound and light show to commence in 2022. Community feedback will be considered in the decision-making process, along with a range of other factors. Please consider the following when casting your vote:

  • Fireworks cost approximately $38,000 for a 15-20 minute show.
  • A single sound and light show of the same duration costs approximately $200,000 - $250,000.
  • For safety reasons, fireworks are best located over a body of water. Therefore future fireworks will continue to be held at Lake Wendouree.
  • Fireworks used are non-toxic and leave no harmful residue in the water, as confirmed by Council water testing before and after fireworks displays.
  • Fireworks are not feasible in wet and poor weather which limits the time of year in which a display can take place.
  • A sound and light show would also be scheduled in the warmer and drier months for crowd comfort.
  • Given the short duration of both fireworks and sound and light shows, these would be part of the program for an existing event or activity rather than stand-alone activities.

    Enter your email on the 'Stay Informed' option on the menu on the right to be updated about the results of this survey.