OPINION: ‘No apology needed for canning Xmas tree decorations’
Letter to the editor by Merv Welch:
I WAS somewhat bemused by the reports last week, in both The Gympie Times and Gympie Today, of the CEO’s apology for calling a halt (or perhaps merely a hiatus) to the ridiculously extravagant expense of decorating the Christmas tree.
Mr Gray might be unaware of the community consternation at the revelation that the previous council had spent $65 000 on a Christmas tree.
And that, in the context of a perceived neglect of basic services such as road maintenance.
The Christmas tree, I suggest, was one of the last nails in the coffin of a council that appeared to have a “no tomorrow” attitude to spending on what many ratepayers considered unnecessary and, in some cases, unaffordable icons.
The public perception of that attitude was a major factor in the March election which saw the majority of councillors dismissed.
Far from having to apologise for putting a tourniquet on the financial haemorrhage (didn’t the newly elected Council have to borrow significantly to continue operating?) the CEO, Mr Shane Gray, is to be heartily congratulated.