Tree-mendous return of Christmas to Gayndah

ALTHOUGH it's only October, a Gayndah community group is already thinking about Christmas.

Gayndah Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Gayndah Development Association, has started planning for this year's community Christmas tree, the fourth year the project has run.

The tree will be erected on the courthouse lawn at 6.15am on Saturday, November 16, while an event will be held to celebrate the tree's lighting from 6 to 7.30pm on Friday, November 22.

The club will also distribute Christmas baubles to community members and businesses to give them a festive facelift for hanging in the main street.

Baubles can be collected from Gayndah Real Estate.

With the help of Colin Wenck, the 16 Christmas trees which formerly hung on the Ergon power poles have been revived this year and modified to attach to the high brackets along the fronts of shops.

Businesses can decorate their baubles and trees however they like.

The club encourages community members to recycle their junk into a Christmas tree or decoration to put in their front yards, with the theme of "Deck the town with bits 'n' bobs".

Mrs Giddins said the project is about getting people to "enjoy the Christmas spirit".

The club will kick off its annual Gayndah Stop and Shop Christmas promotion on Thursday.

The prize this year, donated by Bendigo Bank, is an iPad.

To enter, you must purchase from six participating businesses.

The first business you buy from will give you a "passport", which needs to be stamped at each business you spend at least $20 at.

Enter you passport with six stamps into the barrel at the newsagency by 5pm on Friday, December 20.


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