Mayor’s car­ols scrapped, big change to pa­rade

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IP­SWICH’S Christ­mas pa­rade will be re­moved from the CBD and held in Queens Park as part of a new line-up of fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions.

More than 20 com­mu­nity-run car­ols events will be held across the city this year in­stead of the Mayor’s Christ­mas Car­ols cel­e­bra­tion.

Ip­swich City Coun­cil has also re­vealed the much-loved Twi­light Christ­mas Pa­rade will not be held in the city’s CBD, but will in­stead wind its way around Queens Park on De­cem­ber 14.

The Ner­ima Gar­dens will be­come the cen­tre­piece of the cel­e­bra­tions when it is trans­formed into a free, 12day Christ­mas Won­der­land be­tween De­cem­ber 13-24.

In­terim ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Chemello was ex­cited about this year’s line-up.

“There re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether it be a lo­cal com­mu­nity car­ols event, Christ­mas lights or the city’s first Christ­mas Won­der­land in the Ja­panese-themed Ner­ima Gar­dens,” he said.

Mr Chemello said the ex­panded fes­tive sea­son cel­e­bra­tions would cost less than last year’s spend for ratepay­ers. – Hay­den John­son

Carmel Bog­dan – “Well, we don’t have a mayor right now so why con­tinue the Mayor’s Chris­mas Car­ols any­way. Give them a new name. Sim­ples.”

Tempest Force – “This is dis­ap­point­ing. Change the name, don’t scrap an an­nual hol­i­day event. What’s next? Look out Jazz and Wine fes­ti­val. Dis­ap­point­ing Ip­swich City Coun­cil.

“I don’t think my bub will en­joy this nearly as much.”

Jas­min Michiels – “Well, con­trary to that opin­ion, I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to this and I think my kids are go­ing to love it.”

Kerri Hor­ler – “Let’s be happy that Christ­mas is still be­ing cel­e­brated. A Christ­mas won­der­land sounds amaz­ing and us­ing the gar­dens a bril­liant idea. Also a pa­rade through the park will be dif­fer­ent.

“A change is as good as a hol­i­day, right?

“There’s al­ways a pos­i­tive in ev­ery neg­a­tive, you just have to look for it.”

John Kochman – “As long as you can ac­cess the park, it’s won­der­ful.

“Let’s not for­get the pa­rade go­ing through the CBD gave pass­ing trade to lo­cal busi­nesses. Not re­ally see­ing the pos­i­tives in it.”

Michelle Harle – “Per­haps more fit­ting for this event name since it’s Christ­mas time would be to call it ‘A Bush Christ­mas’, like the poem and also utilise the Queens Park ‘Bush Chapel’, giv­ing many areas of the park a high­light for vis­i­tors to visit to spread out the at­trac­tions with­out one area be­ing con­gested.”

Robert Spark – “Good to see the ad­min­is­tra­tion do­ing their job and ac­count­ing for ev­ery dol­lar spent.”

Gail Wil­liams – “In this heat? Just more bad de­ci­sions, ask your com­mu­nity what they want first.”

Photo: Rob Wil­liams

SOME­THING DIF­FER­ENT: The QT Christ­mas Twi­light Pa­rade in the Ip­swich CBD last year.

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