Shoalhaven councillor Nina Digiglio is calling on Shoalhaven City Council to adopt a policy preferring laser shows over fireworks for public events.
The Greens councillor is putting forward a motion at the next ordinary meeting on Tuesday, May 26 for council staff to report back on differences between the cost, impact and health of fireworks and laser lights.
Cr Digiglio said it was time to look at other options as light shows had worked well for other councils.
"Kiama went ahead with a laser light show which was substantially cheaper, produced less pollution but also produced a spectacular light show that everyone enjoyed," she said.
"It's probably time that we just looked at having a bit of a change and moving with the times."
She said her main concerns with fireworks were health-based as well as the possible impacts on animals and returned soldiers with PTSD.
"I have concerns about the impact on clean water as a result of ongoing fireworks, fireworks also create a lot of fear and panic in animals.
"In our area we have a lot of veterans and a lot of them have PTSD and those fireworks sound like bombs going off to a lot of those veterans.
Several firework displays in the Shoalhaven, including the 2020 Nowra Show and 2019 Carols in the Park, were cancelled a few months ago due to the bushfires.