For the second year in a row an Australia Day fireworks display will not go ahead in Queanbeyan.

The decision to cancel the annual display was made by the local council, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to prevent crowds from gathering in the town.

Last year’s display was also given the chop due to the ongoing bushfire threat and high levels of smoke across the region.

Scaled down Australia Day events will still take place across the Queanbeyan-Palerang council area with smaller citizenship ceremonies to take place with caps on the number of attendees.

In Canberra, the ACT Government made the decision to cancel the Capital’s annual ‘Australia Day in the Capital’ late last year as the pandemic continues.

The Chief Minster, Andrew Barr, said the traditional format for the celebrations could not go ahead due to the health risks involved.

Details on what events will take place in the Capital on January 26 are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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