Cracking Christmas plans

THERE will be more to see and do in Port Lincoln in the lead up to Christmas and New Year this year thanks to the work of a new committee.

A sub-committee of the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has been working on new decorations for the central business district and as well as refreshing the city's usual Christmas banners.

Sub-committee chairperson Valerie Staunton said the committee had been formed in response to community complaints last year that the city did not do enough at Christmas time.

She said the committee had more than 200 red bows to go on trees around the CBD and was hoping to add solar lights to the red and green holly, bell and Santa shapes that were hung from light posts each year.

"We have grand visions but we have budget restrictions and time restrictions this year," Ms Staunton said.

"We've got a small budget so we're going for maximum impact."

The council has partnered with the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to also deliver other Christmas events and two New Year's Eve fireworks displays.

The council partnered with the chamber to spend the $10,000 it budgeted for Christmas decorations.

Mrs Staunton said letters for the upcycled Christmas tree competition, which community groups could also participate in, would go out to schools soon.

"They can be made out of anything, old bicycles or milk cartons, you're really only limited by imagination," she said.

"There's prizes for winning entries and we hope to then display them in an upcycled Christmas tree forest."

She said there had also been a lot of interest in the Christmas pageant and after road closures were sorted out with the council plans for that would progress.

"The plan is for the city band to march and lead the pageant which will end up at a Christmas market on the foreshore and Santa will end up there for kids," she said.

Chamber chairperson Jack Ritchie said a number of sponsors had also come on board to support the New Year's firework displays.