An impression of what Gympie's new Christmas tree could possibly look like once decorated. Total cost of the tree is budgeted for about $65,000.
An impression of what Gympie's new Christmas tree could possibly look like once decorated. Total cost of the tree is budgeted for about $65,000.

Council to spend $65,000 on new Gympie Christmas tree

GYMPIE Regional Council has bought the city a new Christmas tree - an 8m, living hoop pine which will be planted next to the Sound Bowl at Nelson Reserve.

An impression of what Gympie's new Christmas tree could possibly look like once decorated. Total cost of the tree is budgeted for about $65,000.
An impression of what Gympie's new Christmas tree could possibly look like once decorated. Total cost of the tree is budgeted for about $65,000.

The eight metre tree will be planted by council's parks and gardens team, with some work required to ensure the new tree is healthy in the new location and ready to sparkle for Christmas.

Decorations will be ordered and council is asking the community and residents to choose what they want their tree to look like.

An impression of what Gympie's new Christmas tree could possibly look like once decorated. Total cost of the tree is budgeted for about $65,000.
An impression of what Gympie's new Christmas tree could possibly look like once decorated. Total cost of the tree is budgeted for about $65,000.

All three options will include programmable LED lighting and decorations such as baubles.

The budget for the tree and all work associated is $65,000, with the tree itself costing about $20,000, including supply and delivery plus the landscaping and electrical work to the site.

Gympie Council 2018 Hilary Smerdon, Dan Stewart, Glen Hartwig, Bob Leitch, Mick Curran, Bob Fredman, Mal Gear, Daryl Dodt and Mark McDonald.
Gympie Council 2018 Hilary Smerdon, Dan Stewart, Glen Hartwig, Bob Leitch, Mick Curran, Bob Fredman, Mal Gear, Daryl Dodt and Mark McDonald. Renee Albrecht

$40,000 has been allocated for the lights, lighting design, supply and commissioning plus the decorations, and $5000 has also been allocated for the lighting of the tree event.

The lighting figure is an approximate amount, dependent on the final design that is chosen.

Councillor Glen hartwig is challenging Mayor Mick Curran at the next election.
Councillor Glen hartwig is challenging Mayor Mick Curran at the next election. Contributed

Voting closes on Monday, September 30, to ensure the decorations arrive on time.

This poll is also part of the Holiday Fun program.

To vote, visit https://tinyurl.com/yyv2ty5w

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