Recycled Christmas tree a sign of the times

Friday, 01 December 2017

Lismore's third recycled Christmas tree was erected by Lismore City Council staff on the corner of Keen and Magellan streets this morning.

The tradition began in 2015, when Council staff created a Christmas tree as a gift for the community from old bicycles, and continued in 2016 with a tree made from old tyres.

This year’s effort is a 7.3-metre CBD centrepiece made from more than 200 old road signs and includes a Christmas star shaped from eight give-way signs. The tree boasts over 100 decorations made from recycled corflute, which were painted by staff and their families, and it will light up with 140 metres of lights featuring 2900 LED bulbs.

The steel frame was kindly donated by Onesteel and staff have even created a few cheeky new road signs to surround the Christmas tree.

“But of course, the secret ingredient is love,” Council’s Executive Director Infrastructure Services Gary Murphy said.

“We have become very proud of our Christmas tree tradition because it gets people talking, promotes recycling and, on the whole, our community seems to love it. We also have to thank Kyogle and Richmond Valley councils this year for helping us with extra road signs.

“While many staff have helped make the 2017 tree a reality, a special mention must go to Vernon Keys and our wonderful bridge crew. That team put in hours of their own personal time and worked tirelessly to get the tree ready in time for Christmas. As a Council director, it is amazing to watch the staff work on the tree each year – everyone loves being part of it.

“This is our Christmas gift to the community. We love Lismore and this is our way of showing it.”

Image: Vernon Keys (left) and the Lismore City Council bridge crew with the 2017 recycled Christmas tree.

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