City deeply saddened by Australia Day incident

Media Release 27 January 2017
Australia Day

The City of South Perth is deeply saddened by the tragic incident and loss of life at yesterday's Australia Day Skyworks.

At approximately 5pm on Thursday 26 January 2017, a seaplane involved in an aerial display crashed into the Swan River and the two people on board sadly did not survive.

In association with the City of Perth and the WA Police, the City made the decision to cancel the rest of the planned Celebration Zone activities on Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth, out of respect to the deceased and their families. The City of Perth’s Skyshow activities and fireworks display were also cancelled.

“All of the Australia Day events the City hosts each year play a key role in helping create a spirit of celebration to unite our diverse community. Mayor Sue Doherty said.

“On behalf of the City, I offer my heartfelt condolences and deep sympathies to the families of the pilot and his passenger who lost their lives.

“The City appreciates and sincerely thanks all celebration Zone attendees who moved from the South Perth foreshore quickly and calmly. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during a very difficult time.”

The City will support and assist WA Police with their investigations if required.

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