The sea­son of giv­ing

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

De­niliquin has come alive this fes­tive sea­son, with the town painted red . . . and green.

Ed­ward River Coun­cil’s op­er­a­tions staff have been hard at work over the past week in­stalling dec­o­ra­tions through­out the town cen­tre.

It in­cludes the 7m Christ­mas tree at the corner of Cressy and Ed­wardes Sts.

Mayor Norm Brennan cred­ited a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion with the City of Ston­ning­ton in Mel­bourne’s east­ern sub­urbs for the ex­tended range of dec­o­ra­tions in­stalled this year, in­clud­ing bin wraps, tree guards and tram bar­ri­ers.

‘‘When the team at Ston­ning­ton de­cided to pur­chase new Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions for their lo­cal gov­ern­ment area and of­fered to do­nate to us their ex­ist­ing suite of bin wraps and tree guards, which were all in per­fect shape, we jumped at the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘It’s a long way from Chapel Street to Cressy Street, but the dec­o­ra­tions have made the jour­ney and cer­tainly com­ple­ment the town’s Christ­mas tree, which is a tremen­dous fo­cal point,’’ Cr Brennan said.

He ac­knowl­edged the ef­forts of coun­cil’s man­ager com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Michelle Cobb, who pre­vi­ously worked at Ston­ning­ton and ‘‘has brought a strong fo­cus on col­lab­o­ra­tions and part­ner­ships to her role here at Ed­ward River’’.

Cr Brennan said the roof of the De­niliquin Multi-Arts Cen­tre has been dec­o­rated with Christ­mas lights, com­ple­ment­ing the tree and add- ing some bright­ness to the town cen­tre at night.

‘‘Christ­mas is ob­vi­ously a very spe­cial time of year for our com­mu­nity, but it’s also an im­por­tant pe­riod for our small busi­ness own­ers, re­tail traders and tourism op­er­a­tors, as well as their em­ploy­ees,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to do ev­ery­thing we can to sup­port our busi­ness com­mu­nity over Christ­mas and pro­mote in­creased dwell time in the town cen­tre, and hope­fully our ex­panded range of dec­o­ra­tions will en­cour­age lo­cal spend­ing and heighten the ex­pe­ri­ence of shop­pers and visitors to the re­gion over the fes­tive pe­riod.’’

The tram bar­ri­ers do­nated by the City of Ston­ning­ton will be re­pur­posed for use on the fences of the com­mu­nity halls in the re­gion’s vil­lages, and the tree guards will be in­stalled in War­ing Gar­dens ahead of the an­nual Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party & SunRice Car­ols in the Park, which will be held Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16.

‘‘There will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment for kids, in­clud­ing rides, bal­loon an­i­mals, face paint­ing, food stalls and live mu­sic, with a visit from Santa Claus him­self.’’

The Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party be­gins at 4pm, with Car­ols by Can­dle­light fol­low­ing at 7pm and the event con­clud­ing with a fire­works dis­play at 9pm.

Cham­ber ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Janet Rene­han and pres­i­dent Paula Rut­ter with Ed­ward River Coun­cil man­ager com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Michelle Cobb.

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