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The Perth Lord Mayor has responded to calls to cancel the traditional Skyworks fireworks display on Australia Day, saying that doing so "would not result in significant savings" for bushfire victims.
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Since Saturday, the petition has gathered more than 8000 signatures.
"Instead of watching millions of dollars risk more fires, please throw your support behind the victims of our recent bushfires in Esperance, Forrestdale, Waroona, Yarloop and surrounding areas," the post reads.
"The government can still have events for Australia Day and put on a light show instead."
On Monday, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi told WAtoday that it was important to note that cost was the total cost of the event - not just for the fireworks.
"Costs include, but are not limited to - fireworks, laser light display, day-time entertainment, security, traffic management, first aid, lost children posts, public toilets and lighting," she said.
Ms Scaffidi said the majority of Skyworks expenses had already been spent several months before the event and cancelling it would not result in significant savings.
City of Perth budget papers estimate the cost of the Australia Skyworks at about $2 million.
She said raising funds for the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund was a constructive way for the public to support those impacted by the fires.
At close of business on Monday, more than $1.2 million had already been raised.
The Skyworks ban petitioner, only known as 'Laura B', wrote that she did not intend to prevent people from enjoying and celebrating Australia Day.
"This is simply a request to avoid using fireworks and risk more fires."
Licenses are granted to approved operators to run events like Skyworks by the Department of Mines and Petroleum.
The Department's dangerous goods team leader, Erin James, said risks were well-managed.
"These displays are set up and run by trained professionals who understand the risks fireworks pose and put in the appropriate controls to mitigate these risks," Ms James said.
"Such events are established in conjunction with local councils, police and fire and emergency services to ensure contingency plans are in place to protect the public."
Ms James said during total fire bans, licensed pyrotechnics must apply for an exemption from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The fireworks ban petition has struck a chord at a time when the full scale of the loss of lives and property is still to be fully known as firefighters continue to battle the blazes that have swept through the South West.
Jamie Pacini of Bunbury has also petitioned the cities of Perth and Bunbury to cancel the Australia Day fireworks, "... and put the funds towards the victims of the recent bushfires in Western Australia".