COUNCILLORS have approved a review of Baw Baw’s Christmas decorations following complaints last year’s bunting was insufficient.
First published in the 10 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
A motion passed at Wednesday’s council meeting called on the council’s staff to continue to work with advisory groups in Drouin, Trafalgar, Longwarry, Neerim South, Yarragon, Thorpdale, Walhalla and Willow Grove, on determining the form and placement of decorations.
Warragul was not included in the motion.
The Baw Baw Business Advisory Board considered the issue at a meeting early in February.
A report to councillors from staff stated the council had received complaints last year regarding “limited Christmas decorations and their placements across the shire.”
Decorations were placed in Drouin, Warragul, Trafalgar, Neerim South, Yarragon and Longwarry and included banners and lighting.
The report noted health and safety requirements affected the placement and affordability of the decorations.
On moving the motion Mount Worth ward councillor Peter Kostos said policy changes by other bodies had affected placement.
“People look for these decorations every year, they help promote the joy and meaning of christmas,” Cr Kostos said.
“Part of that [lacking] stems from changes of policy outside of our control from AusNet, which owns a lot of the infrastructure that our decorations have been on in the past.
“There may be a good solution to be able to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and enjoy the decorations.”
The motion was supported unanimously by councillors present.
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