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Council refutes 2GB on Film Festival and Christmas banners

Posted 22 December 2009 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor Sansom said a talkback listener’s assertion on Mornings with Ben Fordham that Council spent $300,000 to stage the China Film Festival is false.

“Council partnered with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China to present classic subtitled Chinese films from 27 September – 5 October 2009,” he said.

“This free community event, which celebrated 30 years since China opened trade with the world and initiated major economic reforms, cost under $7000.”

Mayor Sansom said talkback claims that Council has not acknowledged the message of Christmas with appropriate decorative displays in the community are unsubstantiated.

“Council is leading the way in Sydney by providing Christmas decoration kits for 500 local businesses to adorn their shops, including baubles, tinsel, and cut-out Santas,” he said.

“Feedback from business owners and shoppers in our ten town centres has been overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting on the Christmas spirit these decorations have generated.

Mayor Sansom said Council has acknowledged the universal message of ‘Peace and Goodwill’ on banners in Hurstville City Library.

“Contrary to the talkback claims, decorations at both library branches include Nativity displays and sculptured angels, along with Christmas trees, Santas, candy canes and more,” he said.

“Council has also fostered Christmas spirit in the local government area by installing numerous displays and decorations in and on public buildings and community spaces.

“These include a Santa Claus on Hurstville Civic Centre roof, and a six-foot Christmas tree in Memorial Square, Hurstville along with a flashing Merry Christmas sign.

“Council provides a rich program of events and resources throughout the year to meet the diverse cultural needs of the Hurstville City community.”

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