One of the local papers had an article stating that Stonnington had spent more than a number of other councils on Christmas decorations. Well, at least they seem to be getting something for their money, as the decorations are certainly noticeable. Apparently retailers think the "Christmas feel" is good for business and, from my perspective, I think that some effort is this direction is worthwhile.
If the Council were inclined to save money, I think there are a lot of other areas where this could - and perhaps should - occur!
Many shops have this decoration, presumably from the Council