No decorations for Tweed

BY NADINE FISHER and PETER CATON

TWEED Heads looks to remain Christmas cheer-less this year as the chamber of commerce weighs up the cost of decorations.

According to Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce president John Murray, spending money on Christmas decorations for the town could be put to better use. Mr Murray said decorations were extremely expensive and there was a vast area to be included - from the border to the end of Minjungbal Drive at South Tweed.

"The chamber has discussed decorations and we are looking at costings. The problem is the commerce centre has grown extensively," he said.

"We're looking at various options and will make a decision in the next two weeks. I'm just not sure that we can justify the expense, as we don't have unlimited funding."

Mr Murray said it cost several thou- sand just for some plastic bunting to put up, and council did not supply anything or put money toward it.

"A big part of me would rather see council clean up bus shelters and other infrastructures than spend on Christmas decorations in the area," he said.

"There just seem to be more important things needed in the community."

However, Centro Tweed this year has included a new nativity scene in their Christmas decorations that are put up throughout the shopping centre.

Having a smaller concentrated business area will mean new Christmas decorations for Murwillumbah's central streets this year.

A business chamber breakfast was told the decorations had been ordered and should overcome criticism in previous years of a "Scrooge-like" attitude to the festive season from local business.

Business chamber president Phil Youngblutt said $5,000 was being spent on green and red decorations for Mur- willumbah's "main block" .



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