HAMILTON’S New Years Eve will “go off with a bang” for the first time in three years, with fireworks confirmed for the 2012 celebration – but the modern Christmas tree will once again return to Brown St.
The new-look tree has been a bone of contention in Hamilton since it arrived in 2010, with councillors admitting it was an “awkward” realisation when the tree first arrived.
The tree was continuously vandalised and the decorations removed throughout December last year.
Cr Paul Battista continued his fight for a traditional tree at this month’s ordinary Southern Grampians Shire Council meeting, when he moved to “listen to the community” and replace the current tree.
Most councillors agreed that something needed to be done about the current tree – but the majority believed it was too late to do anything this year.
With Ignite the Spirit of Christmas booked for this Friday and the St Mary’s Christmas Expo on December 1, the tree must be put up within a week.
There is also no budget allocation for a new tree in 2012.
Full story in today’s Spectator.