CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: One of the re-painted shop fronts in East St.
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: One of the re-painted shop fronts in East St. Photo Contributed Rokeastst

Rockhampton CBD set to get right into the spirit

WITH the countdown on to Christmas, Rockhampton's CBD will be transformed to fit the spirit of the festive season.

Empty shopfronts along East St are being painted and revitalised to attract visitors to the city's CBD ahead of the Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 21.

The shops will be painted by local artist Yvonne Carige in an initiative between organisers of the CBD Christmas Fair, Rockhampton Regional Council and business owners.

The windows will feature Christmas-themed artwork with giant teddy bears, candy canes, Santa and more.

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said the collaborative venture with East St businesses would work to decorate the area in the lead-up to Christmas.

"It is an effective, low-cost initiative that will improve the visual appeal of the city centre and complement the recently installed fairy lights along East St," Cr Strelow said.

"The combined projects will guarantee to give East St a Christmas sparkle not seen before."

The popular annual fair is now in its third year and will feature market stalls, rides, live entertainment, street food, live animal display by Cooberrie Park and fashion parades, with CBD businesses extending their trading hours for the evening.

City centre business owner and Christmas Fair co-ordinator Michelle Hayward was responsible for approaching other owners for their permission and sourcing the artist.

"After the success of recent events, we wanted to improve the overall experience for visitors to the city centre, and with the support of council's regional promotions team we have been able to make it happen," Ms Hayward said.

"The idea to utilise the empty shops with Christmas displays was raised and it spread from there."

Christmas Fair

Painting began this week and will be completed in time for the East St Christmas Fair which runs on Saturday, November 21, from 5pm to 8pm



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