The gift of Christmas

Article image - The gift of Christmas In the true spirit of recycling, Sunderland Council has gifted Moree Plains Council wreaths and fairy lights to enliven the town’s Christmas in July celebrations.

Two New South Wales Councils have demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas by joining forces to decorate the streets of Moree for a traditional Christmas in July celebration.

Moree Plains Shire Council put out the call for donations when the Urban Advisory Committee (UAC) realised their budget would not stretch to commercial decorations to deck the main street.

Under the banner of ‘reuse, reduce, recycle’ Sydney-based Council, Sutherland Shire answered the call with not only half-a-shipping container of Christmas decorations for Moree Plains but drove the 650km to deliver them.

Moree Plains Deputy Mayor and UAC Committee member, Councillor Stephen Ritchie, explained the initiative had a number of outcomes in mind.

“This idea ticked some of Council’s organisational objectives outlined in the Moree Plains Community Strategic Plan, including building relationships between Council and community, improving Shire liveability and it also demonstrates our environmental stance of recycling.”

Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Carmelo Pesce, said, “As soon as Moree Plains contacted us, we started thinking about what we had that we could donate to this great little town and our country cousins.

“We are proud to be able to extend this festive donation to the people of Moree Plains and we wish everyone up there a happy ‘Christmas in July’.”