Lake tree treat
Benalla Rural City Council has taken a page from Geelong’s playbook by authorising a floating Christmas tree on Lake Benalla.
However, one big difference is the entire Benalla Rural City Council budget for decorating the town is about three per cent of the $500 000 Geelong paid for its tree.
Cr Willie Van Wersch said on top of this the actual amount used from the $15 000 Christmas decoration budget was very little.
‘‘To be honest I didn’t even know about the one in Geelong, it was just an idea that was something a bit different,’’ Cr Van Wersch said.
‘‘And hardly any of the budget for it came from the money coun- cil has put aside decorations.
‘‘The funding for this comes from the individual councillors in collaboration with the rural city and our sponsors.’’
The eight-metre tall tree will be lit up each evening until the new year and has already captured the imagination of local people with for Christmas many photos being posted social media accounts.
Cr Van Wersch asked to thank all the sponsors who helped the project come to fruition.
They include Quick Skip, Stolz Furnishings, Gum Nuts Resort, Benalla Signs, Bertoli Auto, Glider City Motel, Brian J Howe Real Estate, Delatite Steel and Mitre 10. to
‘‘And I’d like to say a special thank you to Jeremy from Solar Country, who has not only donated the solar, which the tree runs on,’’ Cr Van Wersch said.
‘‘He also helped set it up and has driven out at night to get the lights back on when we had a power failure, so I’d like to say a big thank you to Jeremy and his team.’’
Shining bright: Benalla’s floating Christmas tree was illuminated for the first time last weekend. Picture: Brenden Paddock, Laurabren Photography