About Us

Spectrum have performed some of Queensland’s largest fireworks displays: The Bartercard Blast 2000 (Qld’s biggest New Year’s show) and Gold Coast Indy since 1999.

 Our Event Services

As event and pyrotechnic professionals, special effects supervisors and technicians for film and television with 20 years in the industry, we have the eye for detail and depth of knowledge to provide exactly what you need for your medium to large scale events.

We are proud to be known in Queensland and nationally as an “industry expert” – which is why we are regularly called upon by media outlets for comments and information. 

We use Australian made fireworks as well as imported which is of the highest quality. Spectrum carries full $20,000,000 public liability insurance (which to date has never been used).

See our Testimonials for some of the many great comments we’ve received over the years.

Meet the team


We’re a multi-talented team of event professionals who are capable of delivering any event – from fireworks and outdoor cinema, to special effects and more. Whatever the event may require, we create magic for our clients every time. 

Chris Corbee

Managing Director

With over 24 years industry experience and with formal qualifications, Chris founded Spectrum way back in 1999.  With his technical genius and knack for developing innovative and creative solutions, Chris will find a way… not a way out.

Karen Soxsmith

With a background as an IT professional for 25 years, plus being a pyrotechnician since 1999, Karen is a bit of an all-rounder. She runs our admin, accounts, technical services, can run outdoor cinema and is a fully qualified and licensed pyrotechnician.

Nick Forbes

Nick has been with Spectrum since 2003 and has worked his way to become our head technician. He is also a great all-rounder within all three arms of the business – fireworks, outdoor cinema and SFX. Nick’s attention to detail is second to none, which is brilliant in ensuring safety at events.

Bill Mason

As a licensed pyrotechnician for over 20 years, Bill has been involved with Spectrum for most of that time. His love of fireworks is nearly as big as his love of trains which means that he only works casually with us however he makes a big impact when he does.

Matt Gillies

Matt focusses his talents in the area of our fireworks displays. As a long term licenced pyrotechnician, Matt particularly loves a well-designed, well-fired display that wows the crowd.

Chris Schulz

Chris is an extremely versatile team member who can support fireworks, outdoor cinema or anything else we throw at him.  With a background in social services, Chris is also fantastic at reading crowds and behaviours which enables him to be great at communication and PR.

Our History


From humble beginnings in April 1999, Spectrum quickly rose to prominence by October of that same year when we won the contract to provide fireworks for the Gold Coast Indy.  It was a massive learning curve as the budget was 17 times larger than our biggest display before that time.  It immediately thrust us to national attention and less than 3 months later we were performing the largest display in Queensland for 1999/2000 New Year’s Eve.

With our reputation sealed as being super-capable and able to adapt to any situation, in 2003 we were unexpectedly approached to design and produce an outdoor cinema concept.  This was accomplished and an incredible success, evolving into Spectrum winning multiple major contracts to deliver seasonal outdoor cinema projects for numerous regional councils and land developers.

All along Chris had been building and creating his own specialised equipment for unique events.  This, combined with his pyrotechnic expertise, lead to securing roles in film and television as a special effects technician and later supervisor.  These roles involve producing highly-detailed effects and equipment whilst navigating constant changes in circumstances and requirements. 

Our diverse team thrive on variety which enables us to balance and integrate fireworks, outdoor cinema and pyrotechnics + Specialist Engineering for Film & TV into amazing and memorable events.

Just a few of our happy customers:

Outdoor Fireworks

  • Tweed Harbour Fireworks Challenge, Twin Towns Services Club *** 3 TIME WINNER!!! ***
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Ballina RSL
  • “Bartercard Blast 2000” – Queensland largest “Millennium” display
  • Bluewater Festival
  • Broadbeach Alliance
  • Bruce Lynton BMW Charity Ball
  • Cancer Council Queensland
  • Chinese New Year (for Surfers Paradise Management Association)
  • Coca Cola
  • Coles Myer
  • Drake Foodmarkets
  • Ernst and Young
  • FAI Bathurst 1000
  • Fuji Xerox Japan
  • Gianni’s Portside
  • Globe International
  • Gold Coast City Council preferred supplier
  • Gold Coast Indy / Super GP 1999 to 2009
  • Gold FM
  • Greek Paniyiri Festival, Brisbane
  • Hillstone St Lucia and Hundred Acre Bar
  • Holden Australian Open
  • Hot Tomato
  • Indy 300
  • Italian Festival
  • Lions Clubs
  • Lismore Lantern Festival
  • Michael Bublé concert
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Morgans Sunset Blue Function Centre / Waters Edge Function Centre
  • National Australia Bank
  • New Farm Carnivalé
  • New Year’s Eve Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise 1999 to 2018
  • Pauls Ltd / Parmalat
  • Pine Rivers Shire Council – Centenary of Federation Concert
  • Queensland Events
  • Riverside Reception Centre
  • Rotary Club
  • Sea FM
  • Stockland Developments
  • Surfers Paradise Management – 1999-2017
  • Surfers Paradise National Fireworks Championships (competition co-ordinator)
  • Tall Ship Cruises / McLarens Landing
  • Toyota
  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts
  • V8 Supercars
  • Westfield
  • Assistance with RiverFire 2004 (2 barges + electronics/programming for Storey Bridge)

Indoor Fireworks 

  • Brisbane Convention Centre
  • Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • Gold Coast Convention Centre
  • Glengariff Historic Estate Winery
  • IGA Awards
  • Jupiters Casino
  • Marriott Hotel
  • Morgans Sunset Blue Function Centre
  • AC/DC Concert Tour
  • Big Day Out (Limp Bizket)
  • The Lyric Theatre
  • “The Hobbit”
  • Stefans Awards
  • Brisbane Lions AFL
  • World Rally Championships (WRC)

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