Skyworks 2019... The Fast Facts

What it takes to make the show

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It's no secret that the City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks is a pretty big deal. We're super proud to partner with the City of Perth each year to provide the soundtrack to the show, but we got some fast facts from the City of Perth about the Skyworks that we just had to share!

Skyworks Fast Facts: The Event

  • It takes the City of Perth approximately 10 months to plan the Skyworks event
  • Approximately 22 agencies and more than 50 contractors work together with the City of Perth to organise Skyworks each year
  • Nine cameras are stationed around the event to broadcast the best views of the fireworks
  • Both Skyworks and the Birak Concert are audio described and Auslan interpreted
  • Skyworks features more than seven kilometres of fencing
  • 600 toilets are required for Skyworks
  • The entire Skyworks 2019 budget is $1,912, 534 (excluding GST) including a $435,000 grant from Lotterywest. This includes cost of fireworks, entertainment, toilets, lighting, first aid, police and lost children services and infrastructure, traffic management, waste security
  • At the 2018 Skyworks, the City of Perth’s aim was to reduce the amount of waste generated by the event, maximise recycling and minimise waste taken to landfill. Following the cleanup for Skyworks this year, approximately 15.64 tonnes was collected, with 54 per cent of that waste recycled. This year, the City of Perth Waste and Cleansing team are hoping to get the recycling rate up to 60 per cent


Skyworks Fast Facts: The Show

  • 30 minute pyro-musical
  • One road train filled with 10,000 kilograms of fireworks
  • Seven 40’ long shipping containers featuring specialist pyrotechnic equipment
  • A total of 19 barges on the Swan River
  • Total number of firing shots: 42,972
  • Total number of shells: 27,512
  • Individual firing cues: 8,320
  • 24 computer firing systems to synchronise and electronically launch Skyworks
  • Weight of equipment needed for the display: 45 tonnes
  • Amount of explosive material used in the display: 10 tonnes
  • Installation crew onsite: 16
  • Hours of onsite labour to install: 1800
  • Time on site setting up the Australia Day Skyworks pyrotechnic display: 12 days
  • Drinking water consumed by the pyro-technicians during setup week: 400 litres
  • Length of electrical cabling used in this year’s display: 25 kilometres
  • There will be 3000 effects fired in the final 60 seconds of the show

It promises to be yet another epic show.

For everything you need to know about this year's Skyworks, click here


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Written by: @dantheinternut


25 January 2019

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