FOLLOWING an announcement by the Bargara Progress Association to bring in a New Year's Eve fireworks display, Bundaberg Regional Council has announced it will stage two such shows.
While there are usually zero fireworks displays on New Year's Eve in the region, there could now be three.
The council announcement comes amid belt-tightening in the local authority, including job cuts.
Documents provided to today's Ordinary Meeting of Council acknowledge there is "no specific allocation in the 2013/14 budget to cover this event".
However, a deposit has already been paid for two shows, the documents show.
In April this year, Vulcan Fireworks approached the council offering a $20,000 fireworks and laser display for the discounted price of $8800 .
The council fireworks display is planned for Anzac Park and would include two big bangs - an 8pm show and a midnight display.
The announcement comes just weeks after the Bargara Progress Association sought a major sponsor to host its own $12,000 firework show by the beach.
At the time, Bargara divisional councillor Greg Barnes said he supported Bargara fireworks, provided they did not require the council's financial support.
"People wouldn't like to see their money going up in smoke," Cr Barnes said.
Despite getting a discounted price, the council estimates the Bundaberg shows will cost more than $16,000, taking into account not only the fireworks but road closures, water police, generators and marketing.
Wide Bay Australia has offered sponsorship of $8800 for the Bundaberg fireworks, leaving $8300 to be covered by the council.
But the council's Operational Supervisor of Community Development Bruce Green said in the documents to be presented at today's meeting that he was hopeful of lowering the financial burden.
"Further sponsorship will also be sought to reduce costs to council," he said.
If sponsorship hopes fall through, the council said it "expected" a surplus in its Centenary Celebrations and Event Development budget that may "cover the costs".
The proposed fireworks for Bundaberg will go before a vote of the councillors at today's Ordinary Meeting of Council.
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