Melbourne councils go grinch and cancel Christmas events

Seven Melbourne councils have cancelled their upcoming Christmas events despite the easing of restrictions.

Bayside, Stonnington, Monash, Knox, Kingston, Moonee Valley and Frankston councils have all scrapped their respective Christmas carols saying they didn’t have enough time to prepare.

City of Monash Mayor Brian Little said the government’s roadmap out of restrictions was welcomed but came too late to plan for Christmas.

“Given the long preparation time required for an event of the size and scale of Carols by Candlelight in Jells Park, even a scaled back version, it is not possible for us to hold an in-person event this year,” he said

Knox City Council will broadcast a virtual concert in place of its normal live carols, while Frankston Mayor Kris Bolam said it takes at least 12 months planning to put on an event of this scale.

But ratepayer groups have been unimpressed, saying the councils were “incompetent and unimaginative”.

“We’ve all managed. We’ve all adapted. We’ve all coped, and they can’t do this one simple thing?” Verity Webb from Ratepayers Victoria told 7News.