City spends big to spread fes­tive cheer

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Kelly Bell

Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der coun­cil­lors can­not be de­scribed as Christ­mas grinches af­ter en­dors­ing a $334,590 ten­der for fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions.

The coun­cil unan­i­mously voted for Relph Elec­tri­cal to be paid the sum to erect and re­move Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions around Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der for the next three years.

Relph Elec­tri­cal sub­mit­ted the only ten­der for the con­tract, which also re­quires the com­pany to main­tain and re­pair any dec­o­ra­tions, and store them.

Scor­ing 73 per cent for its ten­der against the coun­cil’s qual­i­ta­tive cri­te­ria, Relph Elec­tri­cal was found by the ten­der panel to be “the most ad­van­ta­geous to the City”.

Bro­ken down to $111,530 be­fore GST for each of the three years, the agree­ment is $21,530 more than the $90,000 the City had al­lo­cated in its 2015-16 bud­get.

How­ever, in the notes pre­sented to coun­cil­lors, it is out­lined the $111,530 in­cludes the re­place­ment and main­te­nance of dec­o­ra­tions and in­fras­truc­ture needed be­fore the dec­o­ra­tions are erected this fes­tive sea­son.

The City first got se­ri­ous about its Christ­mas spirit in 2007 when it spent more than $170,000 on dec­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing the first light­ing of the Christ­mas tree in St Bar­bara’s Square.

The ninth an­nual light­ing of the Christ­mas tree will take place from 6pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 29 and is billed as an event for the whole fam­ily.

Mayor John Bowler said he was look­ing for­ward to un­der­tak­ing the light­ing for the first time.

“This is a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event that at­tracts so many peo­ple into the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict each year,” he said.

“The Light­ing of the Christ­mas Tree Street Party sig­nals the start of the fes­tive pe­riod and the City en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to sup­port lo­cal re­tail­ers when Christ­mas shop­ping.”

Han­nan and Cas­sidy streets will be closed from 3pm on the day of the tree light­ing, with a va­ri­ety of free en­ter­tain­ment, stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

The main stage line-up will in­clude lo­cal choirs and mu­si­cians, while Santa and Mrs Claus will be on hand for chil­dren to meet be­fore they help Mr Bowler with the light­ing of the tree.

MacDon­ald Street will also be closed to al­low for the tra­di­tional fire­works dis­play.

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