Murray Bridge's main street Christmas decorations 'seriously underwhelming', Councillors Andrew Baltensperger, Clem Schubert say

Needs more jingle bell: At least two Murray Bridge councillors think Bridge Street looks a little drab for December. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Needs more jingle bell: At least two Murray Bridge councillors think Bridge Street looks a little drab for December. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Murray Bridge's main street is not looking cheerful enough this Christmas, a pair of councillors say.

Councillor Andrew Baltensperger bemoaned "another year, another lack of decorations" at the council's meeting on December 11.

"Our Bridge Street decorations are seriously underwhelming and almost non-existent," he said.

"It's a travesty ... it looks sad and dilapidated."

Cr Clem Schubert said he was rather frustrated at the state of the main street and that it lacked a "wow factor".

"If you want to con people in ... it's the presentation that makes them want to spend," he said.

Chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said the council had spent its annual Christmas decorations budget – about $14,000 this year – on Sixth Street, "to complement the place-making project in that part of the CBD".

The discussion was diffused only when Mayor Brenton Lewis interjected.

"The CEO is aware not everyone is happy with the state of the decorations on Bridge Street," he said.

"The chief executive is working with some business owners and people in Bridge Street at the moment.

"If we need more negativity, keep going – I'm sure Peri (Strathearn) will be happy to write about it.

"But the best we can do in 2018 is have a much-improved showing of decorations in the main street of Murray Bridge."

It has been three years since the council pledged to spend up to $15,000 on new decorations every year in response to a public outcry.

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