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2017 Christmas Lights Competition winners announced

11 December 2017

The coveted Santa Street crown has returned to Kamilaroi Road again this year, with residents working hard on their winning Christmas lights displays for weeks.

The announcement was made at the Spirit of Christmas Fair on Friday night, where six houses (13, 15, 17, 40, 42 and 44) were awarded a winners plaque and a $100 gift voucher, sponsored by Gunnedah Shire Council.

The 2017 Christmas Lights Competition’s major sponsor was Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, who provided prizes for the “Best Decorated Houses” sections.

Kamilaroi Road impressed the judges across the board, as first prize of $200 for the best decorated house went to the Laws family for their magnificent display set up at 42 Kamilaroi Road. Second place, with a $100 Gunnedah Gift Card went to Dave and Maryanne Grosser, at 17 Kamilaroi Road. Third prize of $50 was awarded to Wendy Hatch and family at 25 McAndrew Street.

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey thanked everyone for their ongoing support of the Christmas Lights Competition.

“On behalf of Gunnedah Shire Council and all of our sponsors I would like to thank everyone who entered this competition and hope to see you all again, plus more, next year. We would also like to thank and acknowledge Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, the major sponsor, for their support each year, as well as our other sponsors, Petries Mitre 10, JA Berry Home Timber and Hardware and Plants for You,” Cr Chaffey said.

Other prizewinners included the Thomas family, of 376 and 374 Conadilly Street, who received the Judge’s Choice Award, a $50 gift voucher, sponsored by Petries Mitre 10 Gunnedah. Kate and Ray Knight, of 405 Conadilly Street were also awarded Judge’s Choice, taking home a $50 voucher.

Raelene Higgins, of Furphy Road, Curlewis was awarded the Best Christmas Theme in a Village prize of a $50 gift voucher, sponsored by JA Berry Home Timber and Hardware, for her display.

The Judge’s Encouragement Award of a $50 gift voucher, sponsored by JA Berry Home Timber and Hardware, went to three residences (18, 16 and 14) in Warrumbungle Street.

“I would encourage everyone to take the time to drive around and see these magnificent displays that light up our Shire at night on the countdown to Christmas. It’s certainly worth a look and adds that something special during the festive season,” Cr Chaffey said.


Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.