What a spectacular night we’ve just had – it was one of our best yet.
After the challenges of the past few years, it was wonderful to welcome international and interstate visitors back to Sydney and mark the beginning of what we hope will be a safe, peaceful and fabulous 2023.
2023 will also see us welcome the world to Sydney for WorldPride, and vote in a referendum on a Voice to Parliament.
So I’m proud we started the year off by centring First Nations stories and spectacular rainbow pyrotechnics at the heart of celebrations.
I thank Fortunato Foti his team for that – we said this year’s fireworks would be our best yet, and I believe it was!
There were very few police incidents this year, so I also want to thank the community for making this another safe and inclusive celebration.
And I want to thank our wonderful City Services team for restoring our city to its stunning self after the revelry finished. The clean-up began shortly after midnight and continued as many partied through the night or slept off sore heads!
Sydney has once again cemented its reputation as the New Year’s capital of the world, and we hope those watching from across the globe start planning their visit here.
I’m hopeful the celebration provided some relief from the challenges faced over the past few years and an opportunity to look with hope to the new year.
On behalf of the City of Sydney I wish you all a very happy new year!