Switch­ing on the Christ­mas cheer in face of grinch an­tics

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE of­fi­cial launch of Christ­mas in Gayndah will be held to­day with the of­fi­cial light­ing of the new town Christ­mas tree on Cap­per St.

Ro­tary mem­ber Joanne Dowl­ing was thrilled by the turn out of peo­ple and the cross-sec­tion of com­mu­nity sup­port.

A Face­book post was put out seek­ing as­sis­tance from in­ter­ested com­mu­nity mem­bers re­ceived a great re­sponse.

“A cou­ple of peo­ple had come up to me on the street and said they would be glad to throw some money in,” Mrs Dowl­ing said.

“Af­ter I put the post up on Face­book, it only took six days and we had the money we needed com­mit­ted.

“Every­body here is giv­ing their own time, from elec­tri­cians to builders and the men’s shed who have built the fence. There is such a great cross-sec­tion of the com­mu­nity here to­day.”

The of­fi­cial Gayndah Christ­mas tree light­ing will kick off from 6pm with a visit from Santa Claus for the kids and the of­fi­cial light­ing of the tree sched­uled for 7.30pm.

Un­for­tu­nately, the spread­ing of Christ­mas cheer is be­ing marred by the con­tin­ued theft of a num­ber of the com­mu­nity Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions hang­ing around town.

Hand­made baubles by the Gayndah De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion are for the whole com­mu­nity to en­joy.

Five baubles were stolen from Cap­per St at around 8.30pm on Tues­day night.

If you saw any­thing sus­pi­cious or have any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this theft, please con­tact Jo Dowl­ing on 0407 164 468 or Gayndah Po­lice on 4161 1211.

The thieves are be­ing asked to re­turn the baubles to the main street or risk the in­volve­ment of po­lice.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

CHRIST­MAS: Com­mu­nity mem­bers pitch­ing in with the new tree.

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