$9000 spent on Christmas trees and decorations for region
THE community asked and the council answered.
With hundreds calling out for more decorations to celebrate the festive season on the Fraser Coast, the council has erected a Christmas tree at Maryborough's City Hall.
Standing more than six metres tall, councillors Daniel Sanderson and Paul Truscott said the huge artificial pine tree had been met with smiles from the Maryborough community.
In Hervey Bay, a live pine tree at Scarness on the Esplanade will be decorated in coming days as a nod toward the spirit of the season.
About $9000 was spent on the decorations.
Cr Sanderson said six councillors had contributed toward the decorations from their discretionary funds, including himself, Cr Truscott, Anne Maddern, Rolf Light, James Hanson and David Lewis.
"It's fantastic that we've now got the tree in front of Maryborough City Hall and a tree will be lighting up in Scarness in Hervey Bay," Cr Truscott said.
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"This tree here is about six metres tall and it's fantastic that six of the councillors were able to use their discretionary fund for the purchase of this tree and for lighting up the tree in Hervey Bay."
Cr Sanderson said while some of the councillors weren't able to contribute because they had already spent their discretionary funds, all the councillors had supported the addition of Christmas decorations to the two cities.
"As a whole council I think all councillors wanted to contribute with their discretionary funds towards this project. They had already committed funds and were unable to commit.
"As a council we are very supportive of going into Christmas with high spirit and also celebrating the real reason for the season."
Both Cr Truscott and Cr Sanderson said the council would be looking to increase spending on decorations not just for Hervey Bay and Maryborough, but other parts of the region as well.
"We'll certainly see what we can find in the budget for next year and plan with the council's community plan to see what we can do to decorate more of the Fraser Coast in 2017," Cr Truscott said.