Margaret Strelow
Margaret Strelow

No shortage of Christmas cheer this season in Rocky region

CHRISTMAS is set to be bigger and better than ever in the Rockhampton Region, with plans well underway for the Rockhampton CBD Christmas Fair and a brand new Christmas Tree waiting to be lit.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said that while council was working with a slightly smaller budget than last year, residents could expect more Christmas cheer than ever.

"Our community has been under a lot of stress lately with de-amalgamation and tight budgets putting pressure on everyone, that's why I think it's important to come together to celebrate the Festive Season," Mayor Strelow said.

"With our budget of $63,700 we've already managed to buy and erect and brand new Christmas Tree for the CBD that will last for years, at a price of $44,950.

"The $2500 worth of lights that council uses to decorate the CBD area each year will this year be put on the tree and will mark what we hope to be a regular tradition for all of our residents to get involved in - the lighting of the tree.

"Some of the Christmas Budget won't be spent until early in the New Year when it's time to take the decorations back down."

Mayor Strelow said she thought it was important to do something significant for the region, with banner poles that made up much of last year's $69, 600 Christmas Budget not possible for a number of reasons.

"Our brand new Christmas Tree will become the centre point of our region's first CBD Christmas Fair and I encourage everyone to come along and take part in the festivities on November 30, from 2pm to 8pm in East Street."

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