our testimonials

Rene Persoon

NGS Tasting Officer, Dutch Guild of Sommeliers

We are very grateful to you, especially all AFFW members and those behind the scenes assisting this AFFW event on behalf of the Dutch Guild of Sommeliers (NGS). Itread more

We are very grateful to you, especially all AFFW members and those behind the scenes assisting this AFFW event on behalf of the Dutch Guild of Sommeliers (NGS). It is a great pleasure to notice personally and via social media that all attendants appreciate in flying colors the NGS themed AFFW masterclass and tasting.  Together we made this memorable AFFW tasting  a great success thanks to the fantastic cooperation of all AFFW members whose representatives and importers who presented their wines on the 23rd of September in Rotterdam at Restaurant Fitzgerald.

Jim Chatto

Group Winemaker, McWilliam's Wines Group

Kathy and Caz, from Fireworks PR, were brilliant in bringing together what is arguably the best Maurice O’Shea Award Celebration since its inception in 1990. From working closelyread more

Kathy and Caz, from Fireworks PR, were brilliant in bringing together what is arguably the best Maurice O’Shea Award Celebration since its inception in 1990. From working closely on curating the menu and matching wines, to the event theming, timing and entertainment, they were consummate professionals, and great fun to work with

Anastasia Mallas

EA to David Pitt, Chief Executive Officer , McWilliam's Wines Group

It was a pleasure to work with Kathy, Caz, Marnie and the extended PR team who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at the 2019 Maurice O'Shea Award. Weread more

It was a pleasure to work with Kathy, Caz, Marnie and the extended PR team who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at the 2019 Maurice O'Shea Award. We thank you for outstanding efforts and for what looked like an superb night enjoyed by all who attended!

Meagan Lechucki

Media Manager, Collingwood Football Club

It was a pleasure working with Kathy and the team at FireWorks PR through Collingwood’s partnership with the Robert Rose Foundation. The FireWorks team were very considerate inread more

It was a pleasure working with Kathy and the team at FireWorks PR through Collingwood’s partnership with the Robert Rose Foundation. The FireWorks team were very considerate in taking the time to understand the operations of a football club and how they could best utilise ambassadors to help achieve the Robert Rose Foundation’s goals.

Graeme Chipp

Chair, Working Group, Team 22

At the time we briefed (FireWorks), we believed we had a ‘product’ in place that had ‘legs’ to start the journey of raising awareness and funds for thisread more

At the time we briefed (FireWorks), we believed we had a ‘product’ in place that had ‘legs’ to start the journey of raising awareness and funds for this underappreciated need in the community.  All we needed was a group of professionals who could realise its media potential.  Easily said.  Hard done.  Fireworks PR delivered in spades.  Our thanks to Kathy, Caz and Marnie for all your efforts and talent in realising the opportunity.  It’s a competitive environment out there for people’s attention (and hearts).  To have cut through like we did with your help ……is truly remarkable.

Fern Barrett

Partnership Manager, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Always such a pleasure and a lot of fun working with Kathy and her team to leverage Melbourne Food and Wine Festival partnerships over the years. The commitment,read more

Always such a pleasure and a lot of fun working with Kathy and her team to leverage Melbourne Food and Wine Festival partnerships over the years. The commitment, passion and drive Kathy has for her clients is unrivaled.

Shane Dunlop

Head of Production, Channel 31 Melbourne

During the production of the second series of one of our flagship programs The Cellar Door, the Channel 31 Production team had the pleasure of visiting all twelveread more

During the production of the second series of one of our flagship programs The Cellar Door, the Channel 31 Production team had the pleasure of visiting all twelve of Australia’s First Families of Wine. Throughout the production of the 6-part TV series, not only were the locations stunning but the people were very hospitable, friendly and welcoming. In addition, working with Ruth, Marnie and Kathy at Australia’s First Families of Wine was a delight. We developed a working relationship with them that made the production and subsequent release of the series one of the highlights of 2018. We valued our time working with them and would look forward to any future opportunities to do so again.

Michelle Seers

Producer, CH 9 Weather with Livinia Nixon

Thank you for how beautifully organised it was. I’m glad you were happy with the outcome. I’ve had a lot of feedback from people who saw the Arboriaread more

Thank you for how beautifully organised it was. I’m glad you were happy with the outcome. I’ve had a lot of feedback from people who saw the Arboria elements and are now going to go and check it out, so that’s good news!

Tori Green

Producer, Studio 10

“Thanks so much for having us! Was great TV. The installation looked fantastic.” (2017 Séance)

“Thanks so much for having us! Was great TV. The installation looked fantastic.” (2017 Séance)

Natalie Hunter

Reporter, Studio 10

Live television can be a logistical nightmare but dealing with FireWorks PR made our shoot at Fed Square a breeze. Kathy’s organisation and professionalism resulted in our liveread more

Live television can be a logistical nightmare but dealing with FireWorks PR made our shoot at Fed Square a breeze. Kathy’s organisation and professionalism resulted in our live cross looking fantastic and we made it to air without a hitch. The event that we were covering looked outstanding thanks to Kathy and the team and I genuinely look forward to working with FireWorks PR again.

Fenella Wagener

Producer, The Today Show

Kathy and the FireWorks team are an absolute dream to work with! Super organised and nothing was a drama. Really looking forward to working with them again.

Kathy and the FireWorks team are an absolute dream to work with! Super organised and nothing was a drama. Really looking forward to working with them again.

Claudia Lill

Qantas Loyalty, Qantas Airways

A short email to say thank you for your hospitality during the Melbourne Food and Wine Long Lunch. What an amazing day, so much fun and it wasread more

A short email to say thank you for your hospitality during the Melbourne Food and Wine Long Lunch. What an amazing day, so much fun and it was so wonderful to meet the broader AFFW/Tahbilk team.

Paul Byron

Director, Periscope Management

Kathy and the FireWorks team have been a delight to work with.  Their enthusiasm and passion for each project is contagious and our clients have always walked awayread more

Kathy and the FireWorks team have been a delight to work with.  Their enthusiasm and passion for each project is contagious and our clients have always walked away having had a great experience.

Bruce Tyrrell

AFFW Chairman (2016 - 2018), 4th Generation Winemaker & CEO Tyrell's Wines, Australia's First Families of Wine

On behalf of all of us at Australia’s First Families of Wine may I thank you for all of your time and effort in ensuring that our groupread more

On behalf of all of us at Australia’s First Families of Wine may I thank you for all of your time and effort in ensuring that our group was at the forefront throughout the Melbourne Wine & Food Festival. We seem to get more than our share of coverage with the Festival in general, and the visiting Sommeliers.

Caroline Scully

General Manager (2012-18), Brainwave Australia

I was first introduced to Kathy Lane and Fireworks in 2012 when I commenced a role with Brainwave, a not for profit providing support to children and familiesread more

I was first introduced to Kathy Lane and Fireworks in 2012 when I commenced a role with Brainwave, a not for profit providing support to children and families impacted by debilitating neurological conditions. Kathy and her team were a lifeline, her expertise and strategic approach—alongside an unwavering commitment to deliver results—became a game changer for our grassroots organisation and enabled Brainwave to reach new heights.   Fireworks became an extension of our small team. Fireworks delivered innovative communication initiatives, ranging from copywriting and event strategy for Brainwave’s 20 year anniversary campaign through to traditional media/PR—and despite restrictive budgets and often unrealistic timeframes—professionally executed activities without compromising on the recommendation or outcome.   Kathy is an impressive operator with an undeniable passion for delivering the best outcomes for her clients. There is a lot to be said for experience—Kathy instilled confidence throughout the engagement process and effortlessly managed expectations and stakeholders around deliverables.   I have no hesitation in recommending Kathy and Fireworks and look forward to engaging the team on future projects.

Winsor Dobbin

Freelance Wine Journalist

In a landscape where the wine media are spoilt for choice, FireWorks PR developed a unique concept that both showcased Best’s wines and appealed to the media.

In a landscape where the wine media are spoilt for choice, FireWorks PR developed a unique concept that both showcased Best’s wines and appealed to the media.

Susie Campbell

, Campbell's Wines

Kath – well done to you and Ruth and the team. That was a whole lot of meticulous planning and organising and you pulled it off seamlessly! Iread more

Kath – well done to you and Ruth and the team. That was a whole lot of meticulous planning and organising and you pulled it off seamlessly! I also thought it was great the way you changed things up with the masterclass events – that sort of thinking on your feet is priceless. It was great to be such a major part of the event.

Simon Hughes aka Max Crus

Wine Writer

Paradoxically, tastings can be dry affairs, but not so Tahbilk's tasting of the past 30 years of its flagship 1860 Vines Shiraz. The venue - Vue de Monderead more

Paradoxically, tastings can be dry affairs, but not so Tahbilk's tasting of the past 30 years of its flagship 1860 Vines Shiraz. The venue - Vue de Monde - was a treat in itself and the tasting was well paced, spaced, and co-ordinated, with everything happening in a timely fashion without ever feeling rushed. So thanks to Fireworks for a thoroughly enjoyable, relaxed and informal event that nevertheless highlighted and promoted the dignity of the auspicious occasion. The presence of Australia's leading wine press added testimony to the importance of the occasion in a busy wine calendar. It really was a very relaxed and enjoyable day Kathy, without any of the stillness and stiffness of some tastings, so thanks again.

Spiri Tsintziras

Manager Writing Spirit, PR Teacher Swinburne University

I love what Kathy Lane and her team at Fireworks PR do – their strategies are creative, bold and fun. Whether they’re sharing their industry expertise with aread more

I love what Kathy Lane and her team at Fireworks PR do – their strategies are creative, bold and fun. Whether they’re sharing their industry expertise with a group of public relations students (accompanied with lashings of food and wine), to helping Best’s Great Western celebrate their 150th year anniversary, they do it with a generous spirit and a sure hand.

Herschel Landes

President, Bridge Road Main Street

Fantastic night!!

Fantastic night!!

Winsor Dobbin

Freelance Wine Journalist

Just a quick note to thank everyone involved in Monday's amazing Tahbilk tasting. Not only were the wines outstanding, as you'd expect, but the tasting was remarkably wellread more

Just a quick note to thank everyone involved in Monday's amazing Tahbilk tasting. Not only were the wines outstanding, as you'd expect, but the tasting was remarkably well run and the lunch outstanding. It is rare to be involved in tastings that run so smoothly and are such a pleasure to attend.