Lismore's "wonky" tree shines for another Christmas
WHILE Lismore's new recycled Christmas Tree was the main attraction in the CBD yesterday, Lismore's old favourite "wonky" Christmas Tree is the star of today.
This morning Lismore City Council put up Christmas decorations, including those on the wonky tree on the corner of Keen and Woodlark Streets.
With a sense of humour and a nod to the 'Lismore - Come to the Heart' brand, council has installed new heart decorations and a two-metre tall fibreglass Santa to 'hold up' the bent tree.
There are also stars and baubles hanging from the canopies of several trees around the CBD block and wreaths at CBD entrances.
The new decorations cost around $48,000 - around half the cost of the previous decorations, Executive Director Sustainable Development Brent McAlister said.
Over time these had become old and tired, and many had been eaten by termites, Mr McAlister said.
"We purchased them through a Northern Rivers business and tried to find the most cost-effective but attractive solution we could," he said.
"This is the start of an ongoing process to gradually improve the city's Christmas decorations. We simple do not have the funds to make too big a splash all at once, so we will build on what we have this year in the years to come.
"We love the idea of carrying the heart theme throughout our Christmas decorations, as the Come to the Heart logo is synonymous with Lismore and it's a time when we all think about family and love.
"We hope the community likes what we have tried to do and has a very merry Christmas!"