The NSW Premier has announced that fire dancers will help Sydneysiders ring in the new year.

“Fire dancers will be an exciting addition to this year’s fireworks display,” says Gladys Berejiklian. “We think it’s an ideal way to pay tribute to bushfire victims.”

The Premier says groups of dancers from the Newtown School of Performing Arts will be stationed at 15 highly visible locations around Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve.

“We couldn’t cancel the fireworks,” says Ms Berejiklian. “But the government is paying for the fire dancers as a mark of respect for those who’ve had a difficult bushfire season.”

This year’s bushfires have killed 10 people and destroyed more than 900 homes.

The Premier is remaining tightlipped on whether any of the performers will eat fire, or even be briefly set alight.

“You’ll have to wait and see,” she says. “I can guarantee that it’s going to be exciting.”

Gladys Berejiklian also wouldn’t say how much the fire dancers will cost taxpayers.

More to come.