Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Alexia Austin [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

IF YOU are mak­ing your way down the main streets of St Ge­orge this Christ­mas, you may see an un­usual sight.

A Christ­mas tree with a star of gold stub­bies here and a John Deere dec­o­rated tree there are the re­sult of the St Ge­orge and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce wooden Christ­mas tree com­pe­ti­tion.

Thirty wooden pal­let Christ­mas trees, com­mis­sioned and made by St Ge­orge Men’s Shed, were dis­trib­uted to lo­cal busi­nesses as part of the com­pe­ti­tion, which will be judged at the St Ge­orge Christ­mas Carnival on De­cem­ber 15.

Business own­ers were en­cour­aged to dec­o­rate their trees in the style of one of three themes: tra­di­tional, a re­flec­tion of your business and Aus­traliana, be­fore leav­ing them street-side for all to ad­mire.

Cham­ber of Com­merce vice-pres­i­dent Sa­man­tha O’Toole said the com­pe­ti­tion al­lowed lo­cal busi­nesses to show off their cre­ativ­ity while boost­ing the fes­tive mood in town.

“We have had some fan­tas­tic en­tries so far, peo­ple are hav­ing real fun with the dec­o­ra­tions,” Ms Toole said.

“There are some cre­ative ideas. The St Ge­orge Ho­tel was the first en­try we re­ceived, they had gone all out and created a star out of gold stubby bot­tles for the top of their tree.

“We’re try­ing to breathe a bit more Christ­mas spirit into the business com­mu­nity with this com­pe­ti­tion, it was a quirky idea and it re­ally caught on.

“There is a great Christ­mas spirit in Balonne this year, peo­ple are very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of the re­gion.

“I hope next year we will be able to have even more trees in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

FES­TIVE SPIRIT: St Ge­orge Men’s Shed mem­bers with their pal­let Christ­mas trees. The trees were dis­trib­uted this week to Balonne busi­nesses for the dec­o­ra­tion com­pe­ti­tion. IN­SET: Balonne Shire Coun­cil’s decked-out tree.

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