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MEDIA RELEASE - Making spirits bright with council Christmas lights

16 November 2018

Glenelg Shire Council is bringing Christmas joy to the Portland CBD with the return of the popular Bentinck Street tree and associated decorations.

The Norfolk pine lights will be officially switched-on during the city’s popular Midnight Sale on Thursday 22 November at 8.30pm, situated opposite the Gordon Hotel.

The festive spirit spreads throughout the CBD with roundabout banners, baubles and fairy lights installed in the Percy Street central strip birch trees.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the CBD would be “transformed by colour and light” for the month long countdown to Christmas.

“Council is extremely pleased to be able to erect these beautiful decorations which assist in making our CBD feel more vibrant and inviting, creating a unique sense of community during this festive season,” she said.

“Our Norfolk Pines are a wonderful asset and the inclusion of lights and baubles on the prominent central tree adds a little bit of magic to our foreshore, encouraging people of all ages to spend time with family and friends and importantly support our hardworking local business owners.

“I urge people to come down and celebrate this countdown to Christmas, and support a local hard working trader during the Midnight Sale, as we officially switch on our beautiful tree.

“Every cent we spend with a local trader translates to supporting a local job, sustaining our local economy providing prosperity for our future. I urge everyone to think local first as they fulfil their Christmas shopping.”

Council’s decorations take about one week to erect, with two days dedicated to the Norfolk Pine with a cherry picker used to reach the appropriate height to install the majestic star.

It is anticipated more than one kilometre of lights will be erected throughout the CBD.

Cr Rank thanked Keppel Prince who kindly donate their equipment each year towards the installation, completed by local contractor Bob Menzel.

“Each year we realise the seasonal spirit and our unique sense of community with the many locals who put up their hands to assist the erection of these decorations,” Cr Rank said.

“We can all share this Christmas spirit by installing our own decorations on our home to create a local neighbourhood trail. Furthermore, spread the Christmas cheer by visiting someone less fortunate who may be going through a tough time, who needs to see a smiling face.”

Council’s festive celebrations continue with a foreshore carols and the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve from 5pm to 8pm. The festival spirit spreads through to New Year’s Eve with the return of the popular foreshore celebrations featuring popular punk rock band the Go Set, western district favourite the Settlement and regional Victoria’s biggest fireworks display.

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