Float­ing Santa catches looks

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS / CHRISTMAS TIME - Matty Holdsworth [email protected]­news.com.au

THE float­ing fish­ing Santa and his sleigh has once more turned heads of pass­ing mo­torists at Ewen Maddock Dam.

Back from the North Pole for his third an­nual stint to bring fes­tive cheer, Saint Nick has re-emerged.

The spec­ta­cle is the work of com­mu­nity mem­bers and Se­qwa­ter, who man­age the dam.

“It started in 2016, when a model of Santa fish­ing sud­denly ap­peared on the shore of the dam,” Se­qwa­ter se­nior plan­ner Tim Odgers said.

“The fol­low­ing De­cem­ber, Ol’ Saint Nick ap­peared again, this time mounted on a jet ski.

“We thought it was a fun way to spread some fes­tive cheer and man­aged to track down the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble.

“We ar­ranged to work to­gether with the Santa-mak­ers so that fu­ture in­stal­la­tions could be car­ried out safely.”

For those trav­el­ling past the dam on the Steve Ir­win Way, you will no doubt no­tice the man in red, this year fish­ing from his sleigh on the wa­ters of the dam.

“With the help of Se­qwa­ter rangers, we an­chored Santa down in one of the re­stricted ar­eas of the lake,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple get en­joy­ment out of the spec­ta­cle, and this year his sleigh is fit­ted with so­lar power lights, so you can even spot him at night.

“We are amazed by the amount of ef­fort these com­mu­nity mem­bers have gone to, to make this year’s Santa bet­ter than ever.”

PHOTO: SE­QWA­TER

FES­TIVE SPIRIT: The fish­ing Santa and his sleigh on Ewen Maddock Dam.

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