NO JOY: Mayor Katie Milne suggested a tree like this one in Kauna, Lithuania. It is made from 40,000 recycled soda bottles and zip ties.
NO JOY: Mayor Katie Milne suggested a tree like this one in Kauna, Lithuania. It is made from 40,000 recycled soda bottles and zip ties. Contributed

‘Mayor Grinch’ not impressed by Christmas

THREE giant faux Christmas trees will be erected at Kingscliff, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads despite the protests of confessed "Christmas Grinch" Mayor Katie Milne, who proposed erecting trees made out of recycled bottles instead.

Cr Milne failed in her attempt at a council meeting last Thursday to block a motion by staff to commit $60,000 to buy and install the trees ahead of the busy Christmas season.

General manager Troy Green was impressed by the "community spirit" expressed in the project, which was supported by three business chambers, which have committed $35,000 to council to kickstart the project.

"The support for this has been phenomenal," Mr Green said.

But Cr Milne, who confessed to being the "Christmas Grinch", said the council could have done better.

"Christmas is supposed to be about love and family and caring, but it has become largely focussed on consumerism," she said.

"Christmas can be an extremely unsustainable time; gifts are thrown away as soon as they're unwrapped."

She said the plastic trees sent "mixed messages" and would end up as landfill.

Her motion to defer the decision until a more sustainable tree was found, was rejected.



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