This year’s fireworks display has been created by local pyrotechnic Matthew Batty, who has designed his aerial showcase to create multiple layers of height, colour, and effects that will fill the night sky across Lake Wendouree in a spectacularly colourful and rhythmic show, coordinated between 4 floating pontoons and isthmus positions.
With more than 14 years’ experience, Springbanks’ Matthew Batty (of Northern Fireworks) is no stranger to large fireworks displays. He has previously been a part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Lakes Entrance and South Warf, Winter Festival in Victoria and Brisbane’s Riverfire Festival.
Matthew said that he is proud to be involved in the local firework display.
The crew was busy working on the site today, preparing as much as they could, prior to Saturday night’s entertainment.
“We have been here since about 10 o’clock this morning and will probably work through to 7 tonight, be back tomorrow at 7am and work right through till firing,” he said.
Matthew said that for tomorrow night’s display he has matched a lot of the colours with the surroundings and there may even be some smiley faces in the night sky.
“There will be a couple of different segments with different colours and affects,” he added.
Matt said that he has had a fascination with pyrotechnics from a young age
“I remember being in grade 3 and seeing a book with pyrotechnics and it was ‘wow, how do I do that!’”
“I got my big break when I called a local guy back in Melbourne and said I want to do this.”
City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha Ballarat said it was great to have a local person conducting the fireworks.
“There are always thousands of people that come along to the fireworks,” she said.
“Australia Day is an important time for the people of Ballarat but at the same time we understand that it’s also a difficult time for many in the indigenous community, as well.
“The important thing is that our whole community come together. We have taken a great deal of effort and consultation with reconciliation Australia to make sure that we are doing the best we possibly can for everyone across our community.”
The new pyrotechnics display will kick off at 9.30pm, lasting approximately 15 minutes.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, or enjoy the delicious selection of local food vendors who will be located by the Adventure Playground and start of the rowing course.
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree foreshore will be an alcohol-free zone from 3pm.
Drivers travelling to Lake Wendouree on Saturday 26 January are advised that no parking restrictions apply around the Lake Wendouree precinct, but it is recommended that care be taken when leaving this area due to the increased amount of traffic expected on Australia Day.
Windmill Drive will be closed to traffic and parking from 6am on Australia Day, due to some areas falling under the fireworks exclusion zone.
Lake Wendouree will be closed to all water actives from 6pm-midnight.
Public access to the isthmus at the end of the rowing course will be restricted from 9am on Thursday 24 January until midnight on Saturday 26 January 2019 to enable the safe launch of the fireworks.
Residents are also encouraged to take care of their pets during the fireworks display, by ensuring pets are kept indoors if they’re likely to be spooked by loud noises.