The Lotterywest Skyworks is a fireworks show that is held over the section of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia known as Perth Water. It is held every Australia Day on the 26th of January. The main sponsor is Lotterywest.
The Skyworks show usually runs for half an hour and have involved fireworks launched from bridges, sky scrapers and moving boats in the past. The fireworks are choreographed to a soundtrack which is played on the radio while the fireworks are underway. Many people travel into the inner-city to watch the Skyworks but many people can also be found watching the show from the top of hills and bridges that provide a view even from kilometres away.
The Skyworks started in 1985
, and now are one of the most popular events in Perth. Some people camp out from early morning to get the best view. Good viewing points are South Perth
, Kings Park
, and the Perth foreshore. In 2005
onwards, Foti Fireworks
were in charge of the fireworks. In 2007
, Howard and Sons
were responsible for the fireworks and Laser System Europe
were responsible for the new laser
The Lotterywest Skyworks are currently sponsored by Lotterywest
, the City of Perth
, Channel Seven
and Mix 94.5
. There is usually a delayed telecast of the Skyworks on Seven. The soundtrack is broadcast twice by Mix 94.5, to be synchronised with both the fireworks and the TV broadcast.
In recent years some spectators have acted in an undesirable manner, detracting from the enjoyment of others. Reports of unruly and drunken behaviour at the show, of which some have led to fights and scuffles with the police, have become increasingly common. At the 2006
Skyworks the Western Australian Police successfully mounted an operation to minimise such behaviour.
In the late 1990s several small fires also erupted in the Kings Park bushland due to people igniting sparklers at the event. This led to the eventual banning of them.
Police and emergency service officials came close to cancelling the 2007 Skyworks due to extreme heat and strong winds. During the display, fires broke out on three of the fireworks barges. No one was injured, but nearby spectators had to be evacuated due to the thick smoke that blew towards the area. The show's finale was cut short and nearly a quarter of the planned fireworks display was lost due to the fires.
Other Australia Day fireworks in Perth
held a small fireworks show for about 30,000 people as an alternative to Skyworks. In response, Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass
said "Comparing Fremantle's proposed Australia Day cracker show to Lotterywest Skyworks is like comparing the City of Fremantle to the City of Perth – it's second rate.
Hillarys, Mindarie, Bassendean, Armadale and Wanneroo also held small fireworks shows.