Christmas Lights ban in Cardwell a hoax
Once again social media is rampant with posts advising the Cassowary Coast Regional Council has banned Christmas Lights in the idyllic town of Cardwell due to complaints from Muslim residents.
Council continue to declare the information untrue.
The hoax was first posted on "Meanwhile in Australia" Facebook page in December, 2013 and continues to appear spasmodically. www.snopes.com, the largest fact checking website on the Internet also advises visitors to their site of the hoax.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council Councillor Glenn Raleigh said, "The banning of Christmas lights in Cardwell is so far from the truth it is ridiculous. Council has just acquisitioned a substantial amount for Christmas lights and decorations as part of its capital expenditure program with new lights being erected in Innisfail, Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell this year."
"There is no truth to the rumour that Council has banned Christmas Lights and Cardwell doesn't even have a Mosque as stated in the article that keeps circulating, As a Council we continue to celebrate special occasions and use the celebration as a successful appeal for the less fortunate in our region," Councillor Raleigh said.
For anyone who has visited Cardwell you could say we celebrate Christmas every night with our nine metre flame tree sculpture which lights up the Cardwell Foreshore. The tree was designed in consultation with the Girringun traditional owners.
"Cardwell is such a friendly town, that puts out the welcome mat every Christmas for all denominations and faiths to come and celebrate within our community," Councillor Raleigh said.
For further information visit www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au or Customer Service 1300 763 903
Caption - Cardwell Foreshore Flame Tree