OPINION: For Lismore, quirky is not a dirty word

LISMORE is often lampooned in the national media.

Take our 'wonky' Christmas tree, for example - it generally gets a very poor reaction from the rest of Australia.

Last year, images and stories of our tree were beamed around the nation, and across the globe.

One of our journalists was holidaying in South America and someone showed her a story online about Lismore's wonky tree.

It has been described, rather unkindly, as the world's worst Christmas tree.

Now, that is not only insulting to the tree, but the city itself and its many residents.

I think it's about time Lismore simply owned up to its own quirkiness and embraced it.

After all, if everyone and every area in Australia was all the same, where would the fun be in all of that?

Yes, Lismore is quirky, but it has loads of character - you just have to know where to look.

Lismore has its own little secrets (Lismore Pie Cart, Star Court Arcade) that you have to know about to get the benefits.

Critics would say the only good things about Lismore are the roads out of it. But it's precisely the roads into and out of Lismore that contain some of the classic gems.

I'm talking roundabouts, my dear readers.

We have some of the best looking roundabouts in the country. Not only are they planted out well, they often contain sculptures and knick knacks worth looking at.

In the face of all of this criticism, let's all stand up and say, 'we're quirky and we're proud'.

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