The season of giving
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.