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A $200 000 Merry Christmas sign for Flinders St station is yet to be put up, just two week before Christmas.
The City of Melbourne today blamed the weather for the delay, but refused to commit to a date when the $100 000-a-word greeting would be erected. An Town Hall failed to guarantee the six-figure salutation would even make it up before Christmas.
"These decorations were due to be put up on November 26, but due to bad weather, it did not go ahead." City of Melbourne media adviser Beck Angel said.
The festive splurge brought gasps of disbelief from its neighbour and ratepayers.
St Paul's Cahtedral minister Fr Jim Brady said the council had done well decorating the City Square, but the $200 000 sign was too much. "If you're going to spend that much money on something, you'd want to get use out of it." Brady said. Brady said if he had $200 000 to spend, it would go towards a year of counselling, clothing, shelter and food for homeless Melburnians at the cathedral's Lazarus Centre.
Ratepayers Victoria president Jack Dais said Lord Mayor Robert Doyle was splurging in hard times. "[They are] spending too much money during an economic bad time." he said.
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