A neighborhood war has broken out over a Brisbane man’s impressive Christmas light display he puts on every year to spread joy in his community.
Brisbane resident Jamie Lehmann spends countless hours and invests thousands of dollars each year decorating his home in Coopers Plains, located 14km south of the city’s CBD.
But his festive tradition hit a roadblock last Thursday when the city council issued an order ordering him to remove the lights and decorations placed along the driveway in front of his home following a complaint from a neighbor .
“It’s started, another complaint,” he said. “I understand that I have blocked the gateway for the moment. It’s not a trail anyway. It’s grass.
“But you just want to complain because I’m doing something for the community.
“One person ruined everything for thousands of people. That’s it, I’m done. I’m sick of this bullshit.
Brisbane man Jamie Lehmann threatened to cancel his annual Christmas lights display after receiving two complaints from council (pictured, Mr Lehmann’s lights in 2022)
Mr Lehmann said he was allowed to decorate the walkway as part of Brisbane Council’s Festive Footpaths program, which allows council-owned walkways and trees to be decorated for Halloween and Christmas from October 15 to January 14 .
However, his decorations blocked the grass path, failing to meet council guidelines.
Mr Lehmann (above) criticized the council, saying it was allowed to decorate the walkway as part of its festive trails scheme.
Mr. Lehmann maintained that was not a problem, as he redirected the municipal path to his garden, which passes his impressive Christmas light display.
He threatened to cancel the entire light show if the “Grinch” continued to bother him.
“If the council says it’s the same person who filed the complaint last year, I’m done,” he said.
“All the lights will be removed, and we will do nothing this year, and signs will be put up in our yard saying the complainant and the council have closed us down!” »
“All of this is happening, all of this. No Christmas this year because some dirty bastard can’t keep his mouth to himself.
Its decorations blocked the grass path, failing to meet council guidelines, sparking complaints from neighbors
Mr. Lehmann says that’s not a problem because he has redirected the municipal path to his garden, which passes his impressive Christmas light display.
Mr. Lehmann received two complaints (one above) for putting up lights and decorations in the municipal driveway outside his home.
Thousands of disgruntled fans protested the council’s order, but also asked Mr Lehmann to consider continuing the light show without the sidewalk decorations.
“From one crazy decorator to another, it makes me angry. “It’s sad to see all this hard work ruined by one complaint and the council not applying common sense to risk assessment,” one said.
“It looks so good, and you kept a catwalk. So I don’t know why there would be a problem,” wrote another.
“My children are absolutely delighted with your magnificent exhibition! My six year old son was looking forward to it. I’ll be happy to sign anything or write a letter of support if you need one,” another person said.
“So disappointing for you, thank you for all your hard work to bring Christmas to thousands of people,” wrote a fourth.
Mr Lehmann was furious with the council and highlighted its festive trail scheme, which allows residents to decorate the driveway (pictured is Mr Lehmann preparing the lights)
Thousands of Brisbane residents begged Mr Lehmann to go ahead with the exhibition (the one from last year above) and slammed the council’s complaints.
‘It’s so sad! What happened to the world when we can’t even enjoy beautiful Christmas lights and enjoy the Christmas season,” said another.
“Why do people complain about those who try to bring some happiness to others? It’s definitely not cheap and the time and effort we all put into it is enormous,” another wrote.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Brisbane City Council for comment.