Christmas spirit left in hands of Warwick community
THE days of the Warwick CBD buzzing with a Christmas spirit have gone, with only a handful, mostly long-term Warwick businesses, decorating shop windows and interiors for the festive season.
Some residents took to Facebook this week to direct their frustration at a perceived lack of effort by the council, but others said decorating the town should be a shared community effort.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracie Dobie said the council decorations used in previous years had deteriorated and council was in the process of replacing them, using "cost- effective measures”.
"Last year we had to buy a new Christmas tree in Stanthorpe and it wasn't a popular decision to spend ratepayers' money on something like that,” she said.
"Some people love lots of Christmas decorations, others aren't that interested.
"We're looking to work with the local Men's Shed to build some wonderful cost-efficient Christmas decorations for the future.”
Real estate agent Darryl Evans said he was disappointed for the children and visitors coming to town.
"There's a lot less up this year,” he said. "It makes it look like the town has no Christmas spirit.”
Danny Lyons suggested everyone take ownership.
"Everyone goes all out for Jumpers and Jazz, decorating trees,” he said.
"Why can't the community do the same thing for Christmas?
"It shouldn't be up to the council to do everything.
"Businesses need to get involved as well.”
Ooh La La Beaute owner Emma Eastwell said in bygone days, almost everyone got involved.
"The town looked great and there was such a feeling of community Christmas spirit,” she said.
"It's so much fun for the kids - I do it because I love Christmas, to be honest council should do more and it would be nice to see more businesses get into the Christmas spirit as well.”
Kayla Clarke from Network Video said they did up their store to add to the Christmas spirit in town.