Cham­ber spreads Christ­mas Cheer

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AF­TER long-run­ning dis­cus­sions with Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil and in con­junc­tion with Wood­man’s Mitre 10, the Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce has been able to bring a bit of Christ­mas cheer to the Air­lie main street.

Last Thurs­day, 36 strands of sub­tle so­lar-pow­ered fairy lights, do­nated by Wood­man’s Mitre 10, were placed in the palm trees lin­ing the main street.

Wood­man’s Mitre 10 owner Kerry Wood­man said he was happy to do any­thing to sup­port the com­mu­nity and he hoped to sup­ply big­ger and bet­ter Christ­mas light­ing next year.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said at this stage, run­ning strings of lights along the length of the street was not pos­si­ble due to is­sues with ac­cess­ing power.

She said the so­lar lights pro­vided by Wood­man’s Mitre 10 were an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion for the mean­time and one that Coun­cil could help fa­cil­i­tate.

“In fu­ture years Coun­cil will work with Cham­bers of Com­merce in all the town­ships to en­sure a de­tailed plan is pre­sented to Coun­cil early in the year, so Coun­cil can en­sure the pre­ferred dec­o­ra­tions are ad­e­quately bud­geted for,” she said.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Heidi Ward said Coun­cil had also of­fered the cham­ber three pine trees in front of the Down Un­der Bar to dec­o­rate.

“The ABCC ap­pre­ci­ates this of­fer but due to fund­ing con­straints we were un­able to pro­ceed this year,” she said.

Ms Ward said the Cham­ber had now launched its Christ­mas school hol­i­day ini­tia­tive with about 50 busi­nesses work­ing to­gether to pro­vide free or low-cost ac­tiv­i­ties for lo­cals and visi­tors to town.

The pro­gram started on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 16 and will run un­til Jan­uary 25. It in­cludes ac­tiv­i­ties such as vol­ley­ball at the la­goon and dis­cos for kids.

SEA­SON'S GREET­INGS: Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce vice pres­i­dent Philip Larsson, pres­i­dent Heidi Ward, trea­surer Cameron MacRae and sec­re­tary Naomi Clark, with Wood­man's Mitre 10 store man­ager Den­nis Daly and owner Kerry Wood­man, spread­ing Christ­mas cheer on the Air­lie Beach main street.

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