Christmas 2020 looks bright in Griffith

Friday, 7 August 2020

Christmas in Griffith is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year, with plans in place to expand the Bright Lights on Banna project.

Griffith City Council’s Christmas Working Group met for the first time this year on Wednesday 5 August to discuss Christmas 2020.

Christmas Working Group Chair, Councillor Dino Zappacosta said the meeting was an opportunity to start the ball rolling for the upcoming festive season.

“It was a very constructive meeting,” Councillor Zappacosta said.

“Last year was a big success. We had really positive feedback from the community about the way Banna Avenue looked and we want to continue to build on that.

“We are investigating some exciting proposals for this Christmas.”

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 9 June 2020, Councillors agreed to submit the Bright Lights on Banna Project, with an estimated cost of $340,000, to the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Impressive new design ideas put forward during the meeting included a total of 12 fairy light trees along Banna Avenue, coloured up lights at pedestrian crossings, an extra 12 shooting stars and a giant, 6m high walk-through bauble with fairy lights.

If implemented, the new attractions will complement the 11 shooting stars, the Gothic Vault arch way, community Christmas tree and photo booths that were in place in Memorial Park last year.

“If all goes to plan we are going to have an incredible display for our community and visitors to enjoy,” Councillor Zappacosta said.

“It is wonderful to see this project continue to grow. Our main street is going to be amazing and although it takes a lot of work to set it all up, I truly believe it is worth the effort to see the smiles on the faces of our residents, particularly the children.

“If ever we needed something positive to look forward to, it’s this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a dampener on lots of events, so if we can dress up the City it might bring us all some much-needed cheer.”

The Christmas Light Display Competition, Christmas banners along Banna Avenue, carols and the ever-popular Christmas Light Bus Tours (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) will all make a return this year also.

The Committee is encouraging residents and businesses to participate by lighting up and decorating their homes and shopfronts to help set the scene for a bright festive season in Griffith.

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