Mayor has stupid ideas at times
What a waste of money it would be to spend $2 million dollars on tizzy decorations for Geelong at Christmas. I just wonder if our mayor 'gets' what Christmas is really about. It's about simplicity, family, God and humanity. Spend money on people, neighbourhood street parties, programs that enrich our lives, not trivia and glitz. One idea though of lighting up buildings with colour is okay - aka Melbourne's 'white night' from Geelong Adviertiser:
MAYOR Darryn Lyons is pushing ahead with a grand plan to spend $2 million on Geelong’s Christmas decorations this year despite promising a tight budget.The centrepiece of the mayor’s vision is an “iconic” tree — either located on a floating pontoon in Corio Bay or standing in the city centre — to rival festive landmarks in the world’s biggest cities.But some of the 12 councillors are said to be concerned about the cost; more than eight times what was spent last year.At tomorrow/Tuesday night’s meeting they will be asked to make $40,000 available to pay consultants to design, draw and detail the Christmas In Geelong plan.The report they vote on makes no mention of the $2 million figure, saying only that expenditure will be considered as part of this year’s budget. However, a number of sources have confirmed that is how much the mayor has already indicated he would need for his proposal.Despite more than doubling its spending on Christmas decorations last year — up from $53,000 in 2012-13 to almost $127,000 2013-14, with up to $100,000 spent each year on putting them up and taking them down — Cr Lyons, newly elected, was scathing of the city’s festive spirit last December.