Community must step up to save event

IT’S great to see the City of Greater Bendigo has given this community a chance to save the traditional Rosalind Park Christmas tree light up event.

To become a true tradition an event must be annual – you can’t have it one year and not the next. 

The council is adamant there is no room in the budget to fund the light up event this year, so its fate now sits with the community. The question is, does the community care enough about this tradition to save it?

The Bendigo Advertiser has set up an online and mobile phone SMS voting line so you can express an opinion. 

The instructions appear on page one today. Let’s hope enough people cast a vote in favour of the light up event to convince the council this tradition should continue.

Clearly, the event will also need people with expertise to volunteer their time to make it happen. A big ask, yes, absolutely.  But this is about Christmas and community – what better reasons do we need to make this work?

Christmas traditions revolve around people gathering together and enjoying the festive spirit – that’s why a community event to celebrate the lighting of our Christmas tree should be important to this city.

It’s the perfect start to the Christmas countdown.

There’s so many possibilities for this event that would best be pursued by a proper organising committee each year.

Such a committee could easily be put in place for 2013 and beyond, but that’s not going to save the event this time around.

So the community has 24 hours to convince the council this tradition should go ahead on Friday night.

What’s your opinion? The clock is ticking...


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