Christmas spirit ruined: Beloved lollipop lady told to stop her festive cheer

She’s been a loyal lollipop lady for over 20 years but now Zelda Avery is being told she isn’t allowed

She’s been a loyal lollipop lady for over 20 years but now Zelda Avery is being told she isn’t allowed to decorate her crossing by the local council.

Ms Avery patrols the crossing outside Biggera Waters State School on the Gold Coast and the council’s decision has left children and their parents devastated. Many look forward to her famous Christmas tree and sparkly tinsel, however it is not allowed this year.

Ms Avery wrapped the crosswalk poles in tinsel and set up Santa signs before putting on a Christmas outfit on Monday morning.

After a complaint by an anonymous grinch, the council sent the primary school a letter demanding they “remove the Christmas tree and decorations from the crossing as it is council property and distracting for drivers”.

Angry parents who contacted the Gold Coast Bulletin yesterday said children were saddened and confused as to why the decorations had been taken down.

“Zelda was in tears,” school mum Ashley Billingham said.

“I think it’s ridiculous. The kids don’t understand why there is no more decorations.

“There have been numerous parents who have called the council to demand (the decorations) be allowed.”

The 59-year-old said “I have been doing this for 24 years”.

“Then all of a sudden the council send a letter saying I have to remove it all because the tree is on council property.

“A kilometre down the road the council has a massive Christmas tree beside the road which is much more likely to distract the drivers”.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said “Council loves Christmas but we also love children and it was simply too risky for the tree to remain right on the school crossing”.

“As such, I’ve asked officers to liaise with the school to ensure the tree is placed away from the crossing itself, but the crossing supervisor can keep her other decorations.”

School parent, Nicole Thurtell, pointed out that Christmas lights and council decorations were much more distracting than the simple crossing.

“It’s hypocritical that the council is the main sponsor for the Gold Coast light up competition and a lollipop lady can’t even put up a Christmas tree,” she said.


Tell us, do you think this is a case of political correctness gone mad? Or is this understandable?


  1. I am really over political correctness, this is Australia, we celebrate Christmas, people decorate stuff, the council need to grow a set of balls and tell anyone who is “offended” to piss off

    • I has nothing to do with ‘political correctness’ (which is only good manners and decency, after all). It’s about self-important councillors throwing their weight around – about as far away from actual political correctness as you can get.

    • really this is political correctness gone wrong if political correctness is about manners than why do we have to becareful about what u say manners is using the please thank you word thats manners

    • Political correctness is not about good manners it’s about control and taking away people’s right to freedom. And choice. Again the majority are disadvantaged by a minority. One complaint from some jerk and all the children are affected.

  2. Why are there so many miserable people in this world inflicting their misery onto every one else.

  3. Just more political correctness crap. Our lollipop man does the same children and parents love it. My three yr old granddaughter called out hello lollipop Santa and was tickled pink. Political correctness seems to be about making everyone miserable. Maybe it’s about every one banded together and protested against the Christmas gringes !

    • It has nothing to do with ‘political correctness’. It’s about ridiculously self-important councillors with nothing better to do than bully a lollypop lady. So-called political correctness is actually about treating people decently – this is clearly not.

    • Doesn’t really matter what it is they are so hell bent on people not being offended that they are destroying cheer and happiness in the community. People in power are bullies that’s how they got there and anyone not equal in their eyes, gets pushed around. The council is concerned that it will offend

  4. what a load of rubbish. It,s just a power trip for council. This sort of rubbish is happening in many councils. Aren’t the councils there to SERVE THE PEOPLE?

    • Absolute rubbish. Every child loves Christmas. Brings out the best in people but obviously not Councild. Talk about a nanny state.

    • Moya Hughes Hardly a nanny state – it’s one small council with an exaggerated sense of self-importance.

    • If the complaining grinch has the courage of their convictions come out publicly. So over all this nonsense Christmas or otherwise. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • Yes and that means not entertaining the children while on duty as a crossing supervisor. Lollipop people are employed by the council to safeguard the children not entertain them as that’s the parents or carers responsibility.

  5. Marlene Moran  

    I think it’s a lovely gesture from this lollypop lady and I applaud her for making Christmas so festive for everyone but I have to say I think the council may be right in this case while people are driving along looking at these lovely decorations they are not noticing if a small child runs out on the road the tree up the road is not at a childrens crossing sorry to be a spoil sport

    • MhtMarlene are you joking?????? What about the trillion of signs that distract us everyday?????? I would rather see a Christmas tree than all the annoying signs, they distract me….

  6. Here we go again, SCROOGE, GRINCH call it what you like however our kids should be able to enjoy CHRISTMAS just as their parents and their parents before them, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AT ITS WORST.

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