Our local happy chappy - sometimes - mayor is not happy, not happy at all - about that blessed bling tree.
accused of plotting against mayor Darryn Lyons and floating Christmas tree
Mayor Darryn Lyons believes the city’s entire Christmas program is in jeopardy
as councillors plot against him and his floating tree.
Cr Lyons last night told
the Geelong Advertiser the Christmas tree was “in the danger zone”, with
councillors deliberately stalling on deliberations in a bid to kill Christmas
and hurt him personally.
The “grave attacks on the
mayor” and the Christmas tree had reduced him almost to tears and caused him to
storm out of a recent council meeting, Cr Lyons said. Councillors were “playing
the mayor, the man and the tree”, he said. “Certain councillors are
licking their lips to make sure that tree doesn’t get out on the water. I’m not
going to name names,” Cr Lyons said. “And it’s not only the
tree, the whole Christmas program is in jeopardy, without question, and that
will be a very sad day in history for this city. The Christmas tree has
become personal against the mayor ... and I think there will be a lot of
smiling faces on certain councillors if this tree does not get on to the
Cr Lyon’s extraordinary
spray follows news this week the City of Melbourne will spend $4 million
on a Christmas program which includes a new Lego Christmas tree in Federation
Square, flashy new decorations and Christmas bells in Birrarung Marr, in a bid
to become the country’s Christmas capital.
The Geelong Mayor said he
wanted to see the content of the recent confidential council debate about the
future of the floating Christmas tree made public so Geelong ratepayers could
see what went on behind closed doors at City Hall.
“In my opinion (the debate
on the Christmas tree) has been placed in confidential to cover up certain
actions by certain councillors. I’ve been close to tears over this particular
situation,” Cr Lyons said. “I was disgusted by what
went on and I actually stormed out of the meeting because in my opinion it was
a situation where the mayor was being played. In my opinion since the
tree has been such an incredible success with the community there has been a
deliberate factional play to really blow up the tree and apportion blame where
it’s not warranted and it saddens me to the nth degree when we have one of
Geelong’s most iconic successes.”
Following the success of
the floating Christmas tree last year, he had hoped to make it 6m taller this
year and provide a more impressive nightly light show, Cr Lyons said.
He had also planned to
invite every school in the region to the lighting of the Christmas event, with
one school given a golden ticket to flick the switch.
“I expected a bigger
spectacular this year,” Cr Lyons said