Decoration input requested

January 11, 2018

After cutting the city’s Christmas decoration budget by $50000, Greater Shepparton City Council wants to know what you thought of the level of tinsel around the city during the holiday season.

A survey is live where feedback can be offered to help the council better understand what sort of festive decoration community members would like to see more of this year.

Council’s neighbourhoods manager Amanda Tingay said the survey would assist in ‘‘ensuring our festive decorations are something the community can be proud of’’.

‘‘I encourage everyone to have their say and let us know what you thought of the recent decorations, and what you would like to see this year,’’ she said.

Deputy Mayor Seema Abdullah said she was keen to hear feedback, positive or negative, on what people wanted to see changed.

Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said community feedback was crucial in helping the council make changes.

‘‘We did make some changes ... we did delete a few things ... we did re-assess what we were spending ... and how we could visually have a stronger impact,’’ she said.

In July last year, the council voted to take over operations of the city’s festive decorations committee.

Under the resolution, Mooroopna, Murchison and Tatura will also be incorporated into the festive decorations program, the development of festive decorations’ style would be supported, as would a capital purchase plan and an annual installation plan.

But about $50000 less had been allocated in the 2017-18 council budget. The festive decorations program in 2016 had an allocated budget of $151000.

In the 2016 festive season, about $55000 was spent on the installation and decommission of the festive decoration suite.

At last July’s meeting, Cr Fern Summer took issue with the significant reduction in funding and urged council to make an impact with the decorations.

‘‘I don’t think the money allocated will give us bang for buck,’’ she had said.

‘‘Personally I think we should be paying more money, not less ... I don’t think Christmas decorations is something we should skimp on.’’

Visit to complete the survey.

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