It’s begin­ning to look a bit like last Christ­mas in Co­lac

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - SHANE FOWLES

CO­LAC’S Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions have been down­sized, with the coun­cil scrap­ping plans to add fes­tive splashes to the city’s street poles.

In an em­bar­rass­ing se­ries of events, the coun­cil has run out of time to find an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion af­ter a stand-off be­tween au­thor­i­ties over li­a­bil­ity and cost.

Co­lac Ot­way Shire Mayor Ja­son Schram said is­sues arose when Pow­er­cor raised con­cerns about the po­ten­tial im­pact of the coun­cil’s old dec­o­ra­tions on their in­fra­struc­ture.

“Pow­er­cor were wor­ried that dec­o­ra­tions hang­ing on their power poles could desta­bilise them,” he said.

The elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany sought an agree­ment that would have made the coun­cil li­able for the cost of any dam­ages to the power poles.

The coun­cil baulked at that idea, choos­ing to in­stead look at a new ver­sa­tile mount­ing op­tion that would al­low it to hang dif­fer­ent ban­ners.

“That was also re­jected by Pow­er­cor,” Cr Schram said.

“Coun­cil then de­cided our next op­tion was to in­stall the new mount­ing sys­tem on the new coun­cil-owned light poles which were in­stalled as part of the CBD up­grade.”

But Christ­mas was here be­fore they knew it, leav­ing the drawn-out fes­tive fiasco to linger into the New Year.

“Un­for­tu­nately coun­cil has been un­able to con­firm in time for this Christ­mas that the mount­ing sys­tem will work with­out any im­pact on the light poles, which we need to do be­fore we com­mit money to the pro­ject,” Cr Schram said.

Cr Schram said there were still re­us­able seat wraps, win­dow ban­ners and foot­path stick­ers to cel­e­brate Christ­mas in Co­lac.

“Apollo Bay also has gold rein­deers and wreaths up this year and coun­cil plans that Co­lac will also have new dec­o­ra­tions next year.”

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