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Parramatta cancels Australia Day fireworks due to bushfires

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Parramatta City Council has announced it won't be going ahead with the traditional January 26 fireworks due to the ongoing bushfire crisis in the state. 

"With continuing concerns about the threat of fires, and as a mark of solidarity with the many communities affected by the fires across the country, City of Parramatta Council has made the decision to cancel the fireworks component of this year’s Australia Day event,” lord mayor Bob Dwyer said in a media statement.

In lieu of fireworks, the council will be donating $40,000 to the Royal Fire Service. 

There will still be a full day of Australia Day activities, including children's entertainment, a hot air balloon display and a barbecue. 

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