Christmas Lights 2015

Terms and Conditions for: The Gympie Times – Christmas Lights 2015

By entering this competition, Contestants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Contestants must be 18 years of age and must own or lease the premises or be duly authorised by the owner or lessor of the premises to enter the Competition. Premises must be located in the Gympie district to be eligible for judging and prizes. Contestants must be an Australian resident to be eligible to enter.

The Promoter is The Gympie Times Pty Ltd, 44 Nash Street, Gympie Queensland 4570. ACN 009 820 035

1. Method of entry (nominations):  The Gympie Christmas Lights competition commences with the opportunity for contestants to nominate their property, commencing on Saturday November 21, 2015. To nominate your home (“premises”) for judging consideration in the Christmas Lights 2015 Competition (the “Competition”), Contestants must complete the nomination form in full, published in the Gympie Times on Saturday November 21, 2015.

The following category is open for nomination:

  • Best decorated Home – judging only

Please submit your nominations via the following channels marked: Gympie Times – The Christmas Lights 2015 by submitting your name, address, telephone number by:

Email to:

  • Contestants are requested to grant the public access to their property for outside viewing of the premises each night between Friday December 4, 2015 and Thursday December 24, 2015 during the hours of 6:30pm to 9:30pm (inclusive).

2. Prizes:  Prizes may be awarded in the following category at the judge’s discretion. Should the judges deem none of the Contestants’ premises to be of an acceptable standard, they, the judges may elect not to award a prize in this category. 

 (Judged Category)

  • Best decorated Home – Judged category: Barbeques Galore Gympie voucher, retail value $300.00 (inclusive of GST).

A Prize may be awarded to the following category from a tally of votes from the People’s Choice Competition.

  • Best decorated home - People’s Choice: Barbeques Galore voucher, retail value $300.00 (inclusive of GST).
  • The total maximum retail value of prizes in this competition is $600.00 (inclusive of GST).

The Promoter takes no responsibility for any variation in item values.  Any taxes which may be payable as a consequence of a winner receiving the prize are the sole responsibility of that winner.  Prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.  If the specified prize becomes unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter may substitute a prize of similar nature and/or like or greater value.

3. Competition duration: The competition commences at 9:00am (AEST) Saturday November 21, 2015 and closes at 10:00am (AEST) Thursday December 17, 2015 (closing date/time). Entries received after the closing date/time will be deemed as invalid and will not be entered into the competition.

Nominations open at 9:00am (AEST) Saturday November 21, 2015 and close at 10:00am (AEST) Tuesday December 1, 2015.

Judging will commence December 14, 2015 and conclude December 16, 2015. There will be two judges from the Gympie Times and one (1) judge from Barbeques Galore, Gympie (weather permitting). The judging team may arrive at a Contestant’s premises on any of these viewing dates. Access to a Contestant’s property may be required to view the display sufficiently to judge fairly.

People’s Choice will be chosen from votes received from the public between Friday December 4, 2015 and Thursday December 17, 2015. The people’s choice will be chosen from a tally of the highest number of votes and awarded Best Decorated Home - People’s Choice, 2015.

The addresses and locations of Contestant’s premises will be published in Gympie Times with the map on Friday December 4, 2015 and Tuesday December 8, 2015 for the purposes of the competition.

4. Eligibility limitations:  The following persons are ineligible to enter:

  1. employees of, or contractors to, the Promoter;
  2. the spouse, de facto spouse, parent, natural or adopted child, and sibling (whether natural or adopted by a parent), of such employees and contractors (whether or not they live in the same household);
  3. Contestants who have used or attempted to use any more than one name in order to qualify to win any contest run by the Promoter except in the case of a legal change of name.
  4. All Contestants acknowledge that even if the Promoter only learns of a person’s ineligibility after the Promoter has appeared to award the prize to the ineligible person, it may require the return of the prize or payment of its value to the Promoter to be dealt with as an unclaimed prize.

5.   Notification:  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Winner’s names will be published in the Gympie Times on Saturday December 19, 2015.  All Contestants acknowledge that the Promoter has the right to publicise and publish his / her name, character and likeness.  All contest winners must avail themselves for a photo if required by the Promoter and acknowledge that the Promoter has the right to utilise publicity photos in any reasonable manner it sees fit without compensation to the Contestant.

6.   Prize collection:  Prizes must be claimed in person unless winner is otherwise advised and Government issued photo ID is required.  Any winner must complete a Release Form confirming rightful collection of their prize.  It is the sole responsibility of the winner to claim their prize.  If the prize remains unclaimed 90 days after notification has been sent to the winner, it will be redrawn by random draw in an unclaimed prize draw.

7.  Promoter's limitation of liability:  The Promoter is not responsible for the loss of prizes due to incorrect or imprecise delivery details provided by a winner.  The Promoter also takes no responsibility for prizes lost or stolen after they have been released for delivery via postage or courier. The Promoter makes no representations or warranties as to the quality/suitability/merchantability of any of the goods/services offered as prizes.  To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not liable for any loss suffered or sustained to any person including, but not limited to consequential (including economic) loss by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by the Promoter, or its servants or agents, in connection with the arrangement for supply, or the supply, of any goods or services by any person to the prize winner(s) and, where applicable, to any persons accompanying the winners.

8.  Entries and privacy:  All entries become and remain the property of the Promoter and its related parties, subject to the limits contained in the Privacy Statement and as set out in these terms and conditions. The Promoter and its related parties, also collect personal information in order to conduct the Promotion and may use and disclose such information in accordance with its privacy policy, including to sending ongoing information and promotional material about opportunities, services and products (relating to our business or a third party business) in which the Promoter believes you may be interested. To facilitate your participation, the Promoter may disclose your personal information to other companies associated with this promotion.

Health and Safety tips

The following information should be deemed to be helpful hints only and should not replace the advice of qualified electrical contractors or an Authorised Energy Supplier.

With all electrical equipment, if in doubt, contact your electrical contractor or Authorised Energy Supplier for advice.


Contestants should contact their insurance provider for any advice regarding their house and contents insurance.

  • Use a circuit protected by a safety switch installed in your main switchboard, or use a portable safety switch for all festive lighting.
  • Purchase festive lighting that meets Australian standards.
  • Read instructions before using festive lighting and ensure the lights are suitable for their specific use either indoor or outdoor. Ensure that electrical equipment is not exposed to weather or mechanical damage and this is of a type suitable for the location i.e. indoor or outdoor.
  • Supervise children around festive lights at all times.
  • Use power boards fitted with overload protection, not double adapters and do not piggy back plugs if installing multiple sets of lights. Ensure electrical circuits are not overloaded. Electrical equipment should only be used in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Turn off festive lighting when going out, going to bed, replacing light bulbs or when it is raining.
  • Use only ready-made cords or have them made by a licenced electrician.
  • Don’t attempt to do your own electrical work. Always have a licenced contractor do any electrical work. Christmas lights and electrical circuitry must be installed in a safe manner. Contact your local authorised electrical contractor for further advice.
  • Always look out for overhead power lines – keep yourself and your lights well clear and at least 3 metres away.
  • Ensure smoke detectors are installed in your home and are in good working order.


 Extension Leads

  • Use only leads purchased from suitable suppliers and have these checked by a qualified electrician at regular intervals.
  • Do not use leads that have damaged insulation or exposed wires.
  • Do not expose joints in extension leads, or where articles plug into extension leads, to the weather.
  • Extension leads should not be left lying on the ground.
  • Extension leads should be fully unwound from storage drums and the like.



  • Use only to the Manufacturer’s specifications and do not expose them to the weather.


Hot Objects:

  • Ensure that hot objects such as lamps, transformers etc. are kept well away from flammable material.



  • Do not overload electrical equipment.


Fuse Wire:

  • Do not repair blown fuses by installing bigger fuse wire.


Power Points:

  • Cracked or damaged power points should not be used.



  • Always wear shoes with good quality insulation (plastic or rubber) soles. Thongs are not suitable.