Low morale to blame

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I AGREE to­tally with Oriel Wild ( Gazette, Jan­uary 12) that the near to­tal lack of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in the Port Dou­glas town area was very dis­ap­point­ing.

All our coun­cil seems to have been able to man­age was a ban­ner over the main road wish­ing ev­ery­one a "Happy Fes­tive Sea­son". Pa­thetic.

I know we don’t want to of­fend any­one but re­mem­ber the whole rea­son for the so-called “Fes­tive/hol­i­day” Sea­son is the fact it is Christ­mas.

Not so many years ago we had lights in the trees along Macrossan Street. Where are they now? As re­cently as 2010 we had ban­ners on the light poles along David­son Street, although these were well past their use-by date and in need of re­place­ment.

Even Card­well, dev­as­tated by Cy­clone Yasi last year and still re­cov­er­ing, had dec­o­ra­tions along their main street.

What is our coun­cil’s ex­cuse? What are our busi­ness op­er­a­tors’ ex­cuses? Is it an “in­sur­ance thing?”

Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, and par­tic­u­larly lights, cre­ate an am­bi­ence and re­mind us all that this is a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial time of cel­e­bra­tion in what might other­wise have been a pretty av­er­age year.

I just hope for a much bet­ter ef­fort by all at Christ­mas 2012.

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