City of Bunbury gives pyrotechnics company Cardile the all-clear ahead of this year's SkyFest Australia Day celebrations

A faulty firework left five people injured during last year's City of Bunbury Skyfest event. Photo: Supplied.
A faulty firework left five people injured during last year's City of Bunbury Skyfest event. Photo: Supplied.

The City of Bunbury is confident this year’s Australia Day celebrations will go off without a hitch. 

The pyrotechnics company used for the City of Bunbury 2018 SkyFest Australia Day celebrations, Cardile, has been given the all clear after a defective firework was found to be the cause of an incident which left five people injured. 

The incident occurred when a stray firework landed on the pathway about 20 metres north of the Koombana Drive traffic bridge outside the exclusion zone.  

A full investigation was launched by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety with assistance from the City of Bunbury. 

Cardile were given the all clear in December. 

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan has expressed confidence in the city officers’ decision to engage the same contractor for 2019 Australia Day celebrations.   

“The Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety were happy with Cardile’s response to the incident and for all intents and purposes have reconciled it as an accident,” Mr Brennan said. 

“It is my understanding the company will be using smaller fireworks to further increase spectator safety whilst maintaining the same exclusion zones as 2018.” 

All exclusion zones for this month’s celebrations are within the legal requirements as set by the department.  

SkyFest takes place on Saturday, January 26 at Bicentennial Square and the Graham Bricknell Music Shell. 

For more information on the event, follow the link, bunbury.wa.gov.au/Pages/SkyFest.aspx, or head to the event page on Facebook, facebook.com/events/1960402727589724/ ​