City spends big to spread festive cheer
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.