Christmas - 2ST

Christmas comes to Bundanoon

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The Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in Bundanoon.

Wingecarribee Council has installed a large eight metre Christmas tree opposite the Primula Cafe and bus shelter, which is a very first for the village.

Bundanoon Community Association President Andy Carnahan said the village is also holding a get together next month to welcome the festive season.

"Just very casual in the hall on Saturday December 11, starting with a kids movie,

There'll be pre -dinner drinks for the early birds and hopefully a bit of music on the street,''Mr. Carnahan said.

Image: Andy Carnahan

Christmas lights reminder!

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Endeavour Energy is reminding residents about the risk of falls, shocks and fires when installing Christmas lights.

We're being asked to makesure they meet Australian Safety Standards and put any frayed cords or broken lights in the bin.

Spokesperson Janine Cullen has some other helpful safety tips.

" It's important not to overload power boards and be careful not to interfere with the service line when you get up on a ladder,

"Lights can also deteriorate after being in storage for long periods of time,"Ms. Cullen said.

Image: Endeavour Energy

Christmas trees for Bundanoon, Berrima and Robertson

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It will soon look a lot like Christmas in the Highlands.

For the first time, Christmas trees have been provided to the villages of Bundanoon, Berrima and Robertson and these will be installed this week, weather permitting.

Meantime festoon lights in Leighton Gardens Moss Vale will be installed next Friday.

It comes after villages across the Shire put in an expression of interest for Council funds to assist them in running their own community led Christmas festivities.

Other initiatives include the Festival of Lights which will be coordinated by the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Council will also be supporting twilight trading and outdoor dining across the Shire in the lead up to the big day.




Council now taking Christmas gifts

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Wingecarribee Council has launched its Christmas Giving Tree, aimed at supporting local families in need.

The tree will be situated in the Moss Vale Civic Centre until December 17.

Council's only request is that gifts are new and that they be left unwrapped under the tree.

All items donated will be passed on to the local branch of the Salvation Army where they will be sorted before being distributed in time for Christmas Day.

Image: Wingecarribee Council 

Gifts needed for Christmas giving trees

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The BDCU Alliance Bank is collecting unwrapped gifts underneath its Christmas Giving trees in Bowral and Moss Vale.

The gifts will be passed on to the Salvation Army and handed out at the Christmas Drive thru at the Southern Highlands Christian School on December 23.

Head of Marketing and Community Matt Sewell said they're hoping to support people doing it tough.

"We're really looking for teen gifts, which we often struggle with,

"Also under fives,"Mr. Sewell said.

Image: BDCU Alliance Bank

Government House tree hails from Penrose

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A five metre tall Christmas tree grown in the Penrose State Forest is once again sitting proudly in the foyer area of Government House.

Forestry Corporation's Moss Vale Area Supervisor, Tom Bagnell said the radiata pine started its life as one of around nine million seeds sown in their Tumut nursery in 2016.

"From there it spent the next five years in the Penrose State Forest pine plantation, before being harvested,"he said.

The species has been grown in the local Moss Vale area for more than a hundred years.

Image: Forestry Corporation NSW

Roads close for Gerringong Christmas parade


A crowd of between three and five thousand is expected for tomorrow's Christmas Parade in Gerringong.

Around 50 floats by service and sporting clubs, community groups, vintage car clubs and local businesses will feature in the event.


Kiama Council said the parade gets underway at 10am with a number of local street closures and detours in effect from 8.30am to 11am.

  •          Blackwood St - Michael Cronin Oval carpark entrance to Fern St
  •          Belinda St – Coal St to Greta St
  •          Fern St – Jupiter St to Bridges Rd
  •          Greta St - Belinda St to Blackwood St
  •          Myamba St and Noble St

Images: Destination Kiama and Kiama Municipal Council

Secret Santa brightens Christmas for many in Ulladulla


Ulladulla has its own Secret Santa Claus, who this week spent $2000 paying off Ulladulla Toyworld laybys for people who are struggling.

Store owner Alison Murray said she knew nothing about the man other than he said he realised life was short and he needed to give back after going through the bushfires.

The money paid off 15 layby orders, along with a few bikes set aside for people who hadn't managed to make any payments.

"They were a layby, but they hadn't paid anything on them, so we paid that off for them," Ms Murray said.

"He just wanted us to select randomly, he didn't care who it went on to he said to just select randomly, which is what we did.

"The other option that we had was a few of the people who we knew were doing it a little bit harder, we tried to make sure that those people got the benefits."

 She said the man's generosity prompted tears among staff when the donation was made, and from the people arriving at the store to find their laybys had been paid for.

"The people that he's done it for have obviously cried and it was just lovely, and in the environment that we're in at the moment it just makes you feel that there's some nice people out there," Ms Murray said.

"It makes you feel a lot better about the world."

And many of the beneficiaries had pledged to continue the generosity and pay it forward.

Little is known about the man responsible for the incredible gesture of generosity

"He wouldn't let me take his name, he wasn't keen to do anything like that," Ms Murray said.

"I'd say he was probably a grandfather, going by the age of the gentleman."

Image: Karolina Grabowska / Pexels

The Christmas spirit takes over Nowra's CBD


Junction Court in Nowra's central business district has been turned into a Christmas wonderland with decorations, twinkling trees and more.

It's the Shine Bright Christmas Wonderland, which has been launched on Thursday night by the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Committee to help draw people out after a difficult year.

Children and families used the launch and decorations to grab some great festive photographs with giant presents, sitting on a sleigh or even of the lap of the man of the hour, Santa Claus.


Thursday's launch also featured plenty of music and movement, adding an energy and vitality to the area.

Business operator and committee member Annie Aldous said the promotion was aimed at reminding people about all the good things Nowra had to offer.

She said the decorations were amazing.


"We're just blessed to have it here," Mrs Aldous said.

"The revitalisation committee has been working very hard to get the Christmas festivities to happen after such a tough year for all the retailers."

She said the decorations and the atmosphere they created "helps bring the heart back into the CBD, because it's been a really rough year in that sense, and if we can get the shoppers back in the area because they can see how great it is and how happy it is, then it'll come back," Mrs Aldous said.


"It's all about shopping locally and shopping in the Nowra CBD, and we're trying to get as much of the young people and families back into the CBD after the virus made people hesitant to come into town, so we're hoping it will bring the people back."

Images: Glenn Ellard


Time to light up Wollondilly after a tough year


Recent hail storms topped off what has been a difficult year for people living in the Wollondilly area.

However Wollondilly Council hopes the annual Christmas lights competition will help change the mood a little, as people light up their homes, gardens, streets and businesses in line with the festive season.

Established in 1998, the Christmas Lights Competition has been held annually for more than 20 years, with residents and businesses from right across the shire repeatedly lighting up their properties to embrace the Christmas spirit.

Council is calling for entries by November 28, before judging in the first week of December, and prizes are presented on December 10.

This year the categories include:

* Best Lit Small House and Garden 

* Best Lit Large House and Garden

* Best Lit Senior Citizen House

* Best Lit Commercial / Retail Premises

* Best Lit Street

* People’s Choice Award

For more information, contact the Community Projects & Events team on 4677 1100, or visit Council's website at

Image: Wollondilly Shire Council