Christ­mas lights go up – and up

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By MON­TANA AR­DON

WA’s only pro­fes­sional fe­male treeclimber stopped traf­fic on Rokeby Road as she climbed 60 me­tres up Su­bi­aco’s big­gest tree to put up the coun­cil Christ­mas lights.

Emily Liv­ing­stone had only a rope har­ness as she pulled up 600 lights in a six­hour ef­fort, which in­cluded half an hour scal­ing up the huge Nor­folk pine.

Pedes­tri­ans stopped and mar­velled at her agility as she dropped down ropes from the top to pull the lights up.

Ms Liv­ing­stone (36) has been climb­ing trees pro­fes­sion­ally for 10 years. This is her sixth year putting up the Christ­mas lights out­side the Su­bi­aco coun­cil of­fices.

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with a walkie-talkie from the top of the tree, she told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly it was a solo mis­sion.

“There was one other woman do­ing it, but she’s had a baby so now it’s only me," she said.

Like the two work­ers back on the ground help­ing her, Ms Liv­ing­stone wears safety gear, in­clud­ing a hel­met.

The work­ers said she loved pulling up the 12 sets of 50 lights for Christ­mas, and she would be back climb­ing the huge Christ­mas tree in Jan­uary to pull them down again.

The Su­bi­aco coun­cil switched on the Christ­mas lights in front of ex­cited chil­dren and their par­ents on Thurs­day as part of the first-ever Su­bi­aco Christ­mas Night of Lights down Rokeby Road.

“It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to get into the fes­tive spirit in the heart of Su­bi­aco,” Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said. The only thing miss­ing was Emily, the real-life Christ­mas an­gel on top of the tree.

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