Flame and fountain show plan to attract millions of visitors to Docklands

A SPECTACULAR free “flame and fountain” show with the potential to attract millions of visitors has been proposed for Docklands.

It would feature a giant water display choreographed with music during the day while flames, pyrotechnics, video projections and lasers could be added at night.

FCT Flames, the South Australian company behind the concept, designed and made the cauldron for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and has provided effects for other Olympics and various international ceremonies.

It has teamed up with fountain display experts Avante-Garde de Studio to pitch the idea of staging a daily series of 15-minute shows at the end of Central Pier on Victoria Harbour.

Docklands Chamber of Commerce supports the idea and Melbourne City Council has dubbed it an exciting concept, while talks are also planned with the Andrews Government.

FCT Flames business development manager Mark Ryan said the show would be a first for the southern hemisphere and a boon for Victorian tourism.

“This is a new permanent attraction to do that,” he said.

“No one has put flames with a fountain show before and that’s what we do incredibly well.”

Mr Ryan, a former Altona resident, said his team was seeking council, government and private investment to cover the $10 million-plus to build the attraction and $600,000 annual costs.

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