The much-anticipated return of Territory Day is here and happening on Sunday, 29 August, with many Territorians celebrating with their own fireworks display.
CEO Scott Waters said: “Even though I want everyone to have an absolutely fantastic time and enjoy the celebrations on Territory Day, I would also like to encourage people to be responsible.
“The misuse of fireworks can cause damage to property and result in injuries and it’s everyone’s responsibility to take precautions and look out for family and friends. Be mindful of where you let off your fireworks and bin your used fireworks at the end of the night safely.
“Fireworks can also cause your pet to be scared or become lost if precautions are not taken to ensure the safety and well-being of your pet. We receive quadruple the number of calls reporting lost pets on Territory Day with pet dogs, in particular, become highly stressed by the noise of fireworks.
“So please, help us look after our playgrounds, sports facilities, shade structures, open spaces and pets this Territory Day.”
In preparation for Territory Day, City of Darwin is taking a number of precautions to protect pets and community assets including:
- Extra rangers to pick up animals at large
- Locking community tennis courts from 5pm Sunday, 29 August to 7am Monday, 30 August
- Locking the gates to East Point at 5pm on Sunday, 29 August reopening 6am on Monday, 30 August
- Providing additional skip bins in key areas for people to dispose of used fireworks.
Top Tips to keep your pet safe on Territory Day include:
- Keeping your pet inside while fireworks are going off
- Turn on the radio or television to provide background noise
- Ensure you boundary fence is secure, and your pet can’t escape
- Make sure your pet is microchipped so it can quickly and easily be reunited with family if it is lost.
If you do lose your pet on Territory Day call Council on 08 8989 2843.
For more information visit www.darwin.nt.gov.au or call 8930 0300.
Authorised by CEO Scott Waters