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Sutherland Shire gifts Moree a very merry Christmas for 2018

THE local CBD won’t be short of glitter and tinsel this Christmas after Sutherland Shire Council gifted Moree Plains Shire Council a shipping container bulging with commercial Christmas decorations.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s urban advisory committee late last year  began to address the lack of visual presence of Christmas in Balo Street, only to realise ornaments and lighting needed for the festive season far exceeded Moree Plains Shire Council’s budget.

The committee then decided to reach out to a city council, seeking a helping hand.

Under the banner of Reuse Reduce Recycle, Sydney-based council, Sutherland Shire agreed to donate used Christmas decorations to Moree Plains Shire Council – and drive 650km to deliver them.

Moree deputy mayor and UAC committee member Stephen Ritchie says the initiative had a number of outcomes in mind.

“This idea ticked some of council’s organisational objectives outlined in the Moree Plains Community Strategic Plan, including building relationships between council and community, and shire liveability. It also demonstrates our environmental stance on recycling,” Cr Ritchie said.

Similarly, the initiative also met some of Sutherland Shire Council’s Community Strategic Plan outcomes.

From left: Dibs Cush (Moree Chamber of Commerce), the Sutherland Shire’s Michael Thompson, Moree Plains Shire Council’s Murray Amos, James Pritchard (Moree Urban Advisory Committee), Catherine Davis (Moree Plains Shire Council) and Jeni Bruno (Moree Urban Advisory Committee) with just a sample of the Christmas decorations gifted to Moree.

With Sutherland Shire being a caring and supporting community in mind, as well as similar views on recycling and sustainability, there was no hesitation.

“As soon as Moree Plains contacted us, we started thinking about what we had that we could donate to this great little town and our country cousins,” Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce said.

“We were not far from renewing some of our commercial decorations so our traffic and public domain services team started gathering some garlands, wreaths and a big Christmas tree, and packaged them up ready to head to their new home.

“We know that our residents value a sense of community and we want to share that, while also enhancing the connection between our two councils,” Cr Pesce said.

“That’s why we are proud to be able to extend this festive donation to the people of Moree Plains and we wish everyone up there a happy ‘Christmas in July’.”

Moree Plains’ communications officer Catherine Davis put forward a strategy to partner with a city council and develop a relationship whereby they donate decorations to their country-council-cousin. 

“We are really excited with the donation and appreciate the generosity from Sutherland Shire to help in our efforts to decorate the public buildings in the main street of Moree during the festive period,” said Mrs Davis.

The donated decorations include Christmas garlands, Christmas wreaths, wreaths with indoor fairy lights and an impressive 4.2m Christmas tree.

Media Release: July 3, 2018