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Perth CBD to become 'less Christmassy' to appeal to non-Christians

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 6/09/2019 Gary Adshead

City of Perth has announced it wants to broaden its Christmas festivities to appeal to more non-Christians. © 9News City of Perth has announced it wants to broaden its Christmas festivities to appeal to more non-Christians. Cries of political correctness are ringing out around the City of Perth after the council announced it wanted to broaden its Christmas festivities to appeal to more non-Christians.

A document titled "Cultural Development Plan" includes a promise to deliver "a Christmas\New Year-season experience that is representative and inclusive of Perth's multi-cultural community".

The document quotes the percentages of Christian and non-Christian ratepayers.

"While Christianity is an important part of Perth's cultural identity (46 per cent of Greater Perth demographic), the City of Perth's current holiday-season celebrations, which include a nativity scene at Council House, do not fully acknowledge or create a sense of belonging for the remaining 54 per cent, including 32 per cent who have no religion at all," the plan says.

The council said it had consulted a number of community groups about its cultural plan.

"The City is going to be as Christmassy as ever, and we would hope that in the future a whole lot of people will want to come into town to celebrate Christmas and our festive events," council commissioner Andrew Hammond said.

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"And if they're not into Christianity, it doesn't really matter. They're going to enjoy it anyway."

A Perth Imam said he didn't understand the diversity argument because all religious have respect for Christmas celebrations even if they don't celebrate.

"I thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere that comes with Christmas," Imam Cameron Tahir, who represents the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, said.

"I take my family whenever any festival is happening for the good food and to enjoy the atmosphere."

a crowd of people walking down the street: The council said it had consulted a number of community groups about its cultural plan. © 9News The council said it had consulted a number of community groups about its cultural plan.

Local Government Minister David Templeman said he supported more happening in the city at Christmas.

"Let's make sure we embrace everybody to celebrate what is a Christian celebration," he said.

"They're not taking the Christ out of Christmas at all."

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