Here is The Press, 100 years ago to the day.
If you look this article up on the National Library's marvellous PapersPast website, you will learn that most of the meeting was spent working out how to split the costs between the City Council, neighbouring local bodies, and the Government. The beautification projects themselves aren't even mentioned. Sound familiar?
And as it happens we have a portrait of Mayor Holland in all his finery, by Richard Wallwork: