Chamber spreads Christmas Cheer
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.