Two people are confirmed dead from bushfires on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
An 8 meter high fire ignites accidentally next to Adelaide Oval after the 9pm New Year's Eve fireworks in Adelaide, South Australia. This comes following major controversy over the New Year's firework displays across Australia in response to ongoing bushfires.
Around 7,500 people in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, stage a protest against Prime Minister Scott Morrison's lack of acknowledgement towards an ongoing bushfire caused by drought and climate change.
The city of Adelaide, South Australia, reaches its highest maximum temperature since 1939, reaching 46.6 C at around 3:36pm local time. This is the highest recorded temperature in any Australian state capital. The high temperatures have proven fatal for significant numbers of local animals.
A state of emergency is declared in New South Wales, Australia, as a bushfire continues to burn out of control. More than 500 personnel from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force are tackling the bushfire, which has torn through the Holsworthy Barracks and threatens the suburbs of Sydney.
South Australia finalizes a deal with Tesla, spearheaded by tweets originating from CEO of Tesla Elon Musk, to install a battery system in the state. Tesla said in a statement that upon completion by December 2017, the system would be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world, overtaking an 80 megawatt-hour power station at Mira Loma in California also built using Tesla batteries.
A bushfire burns out of control near the South Australian town of Wasleys with authorities warning of significant risk to lives and property. Two deaths have been confirmed with another person feared dead.