MURWILLUMBAH Business Chamber has pulled out of a controversial plan to erect a huge plastic Christmas tree in the CBD, opting instead for an art deco tree to be created by local artists.
Councillors resolved last month to buy three LED-lit trees, much to the disappointment of Mayor Katie Milne who tried to persuade councillors to research environmentally friendly trees.
Chamber president Toni Zuschke said the news “filtered through the community” and businesses were opposed to “a town tinsel tree”.
Ms Zuschke said businesses wanted a unique drawcard into the CBD and a metal sculpture, styled on the Empire State Building and powered by solar lights, would now be sought.
The Tweed and Kingscliff CBDs will still go ahead with their plastic trees, while Murwillumbah will stage “Santaland” and a Christmas tree competition to raise funds for their designer tree.