Festive spirit shines

The unique Christmas tree which was erected prior to Remembrance Day and lit up at the weekend, when it attracted great admiration from all quarters.

The Narrandera Shire Council is going all out to make Narrandera a festive place to live and visit this Christmas season.

First was the magnificent Christmas tree at the forefront of the Memorial Gardens in Victoria Square and now the Council has announced a Shire Christmas Competition to encourage households and businesses to light up and decorate for the Christmas season.

The tree was lit up last Saturday and Sunday nights for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in honour of Remembrance Day and has proved a hit with local residents and visitors who have been loud in their praise of the imposing structure in the town’s main street.

The Narrandera Council is also running a ‘Shire Christmas Competition’ with cash prizes, Shop Local vouchers and trophies on offer.

Categories in the competition are: Best lit house, best novelty house, best Christmas street and best business shopfront.

Register your home or business before 4pm on Friday November 30 to be in the running.

Residents are encouraged to decorate their home, or nominate their neighbour’s property and businesses are urged to get creative with festive windows and shop displays.

The competition will be run online through Facebook and Survey Monkey with the winners announced online Christmas Eve at 4pm and awards presented at the February Council Meeting.

Once entries are finalised a map of residences and a map of businesses for each town and village in the Shire will become available online and at the Council Chambers, Narrandera Visitor Centre, Narrandera Shire Library, Grong Grong General Store and Barellan General Store.

Fun facts about the Shire Christmas Tree:
• Flag pole 10 metres
• 360 deg Mega tree fitted with Mini Triklit 360 degree programmable RGB LEDs (Smart LED Lights)
• Tree – height 7140mm
• Tree Base Diameter – 4584mm
• Lights – 48 string by 50 lights on string – 2400 light
• Tree controllers and lights supplied and configured by Minleon Australia, leading commercial supplier of light displays ( they are also supplying and setting up the light display for City of Sydney )

Build facts
• Tree framework was – designed, manufactures and installation in-house
• Installation of lights and set up of controller also completed in-house.

• Remembrance Day was produced by Minleon Australia in conjunction with the RSL sub-committee and runs for three minutes on a continual loop
• Christmas Sequence has been also produced by Minleon and will be both audio through car radio and animation. Songs were selected from a vote put to Council staff.


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