Light up rescue a credit to the community

A HEARTY congratulations to everyone who helped save the tradition of a community event to light up Bendigo’s famous Rosalind Park Christmas tree.

The City of Greater Bendigo’s decision yesterday to put the event back on was a worthy reward for community, festive spirit and let’s hope hundreds of happy children and adults on Friday night.

The Bendigo Advertiser was a little overwhelmed by the response to our front page story yesterday. 3BOfm’s Cogho and Bec led the charge with some fantastic coverage first thing yesterday and the goodwill just kept flowing.

A huge thank you to everyone who called to offer support for the event and the more than 300 people who voted ‘yes’ on our poll. We shouldn’t forget the few people who voted “no” as their opinions are important.

The reaction to the call to save this tradition was heartening. The important thing now is that something is formalised to ensure this event remains on the city’s Christmas calendar.

The idea of combining the light up event and the city’s Christmas market was warmly received yesterday and that must be explored.

It’s encouraging to hear City of Greater Bendigo director of community well-being Pauline Gordon state yesterday the support for the festive season had been so great she would develop a Festive Season Strategy for next year.

A great step in the right direction and an opportunity to harness the support around these events. This community showed again yesterday that it’s up for a challenge.

Once again... a big thank you to everyone who played a role in saving this tradition. As the intro on our online light up event story said yesterday, “it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas”... how wonderful is that. 

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