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7 Things You Didn't Know About Skyworks

Fireworks at Skyworks 2018

There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes to make the City of Perth Skyworks the largest Australia Day celebration in the country.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

#1 - 10 tonnes of fireworks 

A massive 45 tonnes of equipment and 10 tonnes of explosive material are used for the spectacular 30-minute display, which can be enjoyed even more by tuning into to mix94.5 to hear the perfectly timed Aussie-inspired soundtrack. 

 

#2 -  15.6 tonnes of waste

Last year’s Skyworks event saw 15.6 tonnes of waste collected, with 54% of recycled. The City is aiming to increase this to 60% this year! You can help by bringing reusable water bottles, cups and cutlery or if you are bringing disposable plastics, placing them in the recycling bins at the event. 

 

#3 - 32,343 shots and 8,320 individual firing cues from 19 barges on the Swan River … including 3000 fireworks shots set off in the final minute! 

Due to the Swan River barges, if you’re planning to travel in by ferry, make sure you arrive in the city before midday as Transperth ferry services will not operate from 12noon. Check transperth.wa.gov.au for more information on public transport. Head to visitperth.com.au for information on road closures. 

#4 - The Birak Concert and 30-minute Skyworks show are audio-described and Auslan interpreted

DADAA will be at Skyworks 2019 for the third year in a row. They will be providing an Audio Described service for people who are blind or visionimpaired. Audio Description will be provided live, as the action happens. A section of grassed area will be reserved right on the foreshore about 800 metres from Elizabeth Quay Train Station and 350 metres from the Bell Tower. This area is an enclosed safe zone area with fencing. To participate, you will need to provide your own earphones to connect to DADAA’s audio description unit.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited. Please complete a booking form at visitperth.com.au/events/skyworks, or contact Jacqueline Jacqueline@dadaa.org.au or call 0400 111 018.

#5 - There are 24 computer firing systems to synchronise and electronically launch Skyworks

 

#6 - The fireworks experts spend 12 days on site setting up Skyworks magnificent pyrotechnic display 

 

#7 - There’s over 25km of electrical cabling bringing Skyworks to life