NYE Fireworks Back in Murray Bridge

June 18, 2024 9:28 am in by
NYE Fireworks at Sturt Reserve, supplied by Rural City of Murray Bridge

Thanks to a big community push, fireworks are planned for Murray Bridge’s New Years Eve party this year.

It has been three years since the annual event was held, due to the COVID pandemic, the Murray River floods and other reasons, including budgetary constraints.

Now it is back thanks to the work of community member Barbara Toogood who has been out petitioning and gathering over 1,000 signatures for the cause.

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“I heard that the fireworks weren’t coming back to Murray Bridge on New Year’s Eve and I thought to myself ‘no, I’m not having that,’ I thought I’ve got to go out to the community and the way I’m going to do that is through a petition,” Barb Toogood told ARN’s Adam Connelly and Jennie Lenman.

“Everywhere I went everybody just couldn’t wait to sign. One day down when we were at the front of the Market Place, we had them lining up. I knew then people really want it. It’s a free event, people can take their picnics, their chairs and rugs, sit there and enjoy the evening,” she said.

Rural City of Murray Bridge (RCMB) Councillors have voted to go ahead with the plan with a budget of $15,000. They will need to secure another $35,000 from business sponsors to go ahead with the event.

Barb Toogood in the ARN Radio studios. Photo: Jennie Lenman / ARN