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Fireworks to scatter ashes of Perth mum

A la Skyworks, her remains to be shot into the heavens over river.

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of this week’s Skyworks extravaganza, the wish of a recently deceased Perth mum to have her ashes shot skyward as part of a riverside fireworks display looks likely to be granted.

The woman, whose name oneperth.com.au has learned from a council paper – thanks to the transparency of a black texta stroke meant to obscure details of her identity from a City of Canning document – would have turned 48 in mid February.

Her partner, whose name and mobile number have also been unwittingly revealed by the council, has advised that they and their children had watched Skyworks at the Shelley Foreshore in Perth’s eastern suburbs for many years.

If approved by the Department of Mines and Petroleum, the fireworks will last between three and seven minutes, and take place in an isolated, 50-metre exclusion zone on the Canning River foreshore.

The fireworks would occur before 9pm on the late woman’s birthday, and coincide with a family barbecue.

They would be set off by Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics which also does Skyworks, and has public liability insurance to cover the Shelley Foreshore fireworks to the tune of $20 million.

Council environment and compliance manager, Clint Burdett, has recommended his political masters give the pyrotechnics their imprimatur when they meet on February 2.

Mr Burdett, who presided over the sloppy texta-work, considered the woman’s fireworks would have “minimal impact on nearby residents given the time and duration of the event”.

The woman’s partner, who lives in the nearby suburb of Parkwood, plans to warn Shelley residents of the pyrotechnic sendoff by an ad’ in the local paper and a letter-box drop.

Pic: ‘Los699’, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons attribution-sharealike 3.0 unported licence.

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