A $10,000 gap stands between one of Lake Macquarie's largest New Year's Eve celebrations and its revellers.
The Wangi Wangi Sub-branch and the Wangi Wangi RSL Club, the event's main sponsors, doubt they can continue to afford the costly display without the council's help. Last year the event cost $15,000, which included children's rides, security and fireworks.
A spokesperson from the RSL Club said it had been told by a financial adviser to "bite the bullet" and can it. The club hoped the council would see the event's community value and spend money on it.