Dan Kubelka, Fabrication and sign Shop Supervisor at Lismore City Council, with their gift to the people of Lismore, a recycled Christmas Tree.Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Dan Kubelka, Fabrication and sign Shop Supervisor at Lismore City Council, with their gift to the people of Lismore, a recycled Christmas Tree.Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Upcycled Christmas tree will come down

JUST WHEN you thought Lismore's up-cycled Christmas tree was a permanent fixture, Lismore City Council has confirmed the bike tree would be coming down.

However, something equally thrifty may be created next Christmas in its place.

Mayor Jenny Dowell said last week council decided to take down the much-loved Magellan Street sculpture, although she could not confirm when.

"It comes apart in three pieces and can be stored. The plan is to offer it to another location, such as Nimbin, next Christmas," she said.

However, Ms Dowell said another up cycled council-made sculpture may be gracing the Lismore CBD come December.

"It really is a Christmas tree. So it is coming down soon," she said.

"If it was permanent it would require maintenance," she said

Would you like to see the Lismore Christmas tree up as a permanent fixture?

This poll ended on 02 February 2016.

Current Results

Yes, I'd like to see the tree stay up in the Lismore CBD.

39%

No, I think the tree should come down.

56%

I don't mind whether it stays or goes.

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

About the tree

The tree was dreamed up by council's executive committee, which decided council should give the Lismore community a gift for Christmas that represented the city's values as well as being fun and different.

The new tree is made entirely from old bikes from the Revolve Shop, which would have ended up as scrap metal.

These were welded onto the steel frame at the council metal shop and the structure was then painted all colours of the rainbow by Council staff and their families, in their own time.

The tree was made by staff using close to 100 bikes.

At no cost to ratepayers, the quirky Christmas tree was made entirely by council staff and their families.

The bridge crew did the cranes.

The parks guys did the traffic control.

The waste department were heavily involved, chasing down all the bikes as they came in.

The fabrication department put it together and a whole bunch of other people -even the mayor -came down and painted some wheels.



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