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The festive season in the Whitsundays has received a boost with Whitsunday Regional Council partnering with community groups to support their Christmas events.
Council will sponsor fireworks displays at the Airlie Beach Rotary Christmas Carols on December 3, the Bowen Christmas Street fair on December 8 and the Proserpine Rotary Christmas Fair on December 15.
Council will also support the Collinsville Church Christmas Carols on December 3 by supplying numbered Santa Hats for the crowd with a lucky family winning a Whitehaven Beach family trip courtesy of Cruise Whitsundays.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said celebrating the Christmas season was important for the community and enhancing the festive experience for families had been a focus of his council.
“This council has had a focus on reconnecting with our diverse Whitsunday community and this is just another positive initiative.
“In 2016 council organised new Christmas Trees for Bowen, Collinsville, Airlie Beach and Proserpine plus new decorations and this year we have added new solar fairy lights to further enhance the displays,” he said.
“These were well received by the community and helped create a festive season atmosphere within each township.
“At this time of year all roads lead to family and friends so it is important to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the Christmas spirit.”
In addition to partnering with community groups council will also facilitate the Proserpine Carols by Candlelight at Pioneer Park, Proserpine next Friday, December 1.
The event will commence at 6pm and carols will be performed by the Proserpine Citizen Band with a special visit by Santa courtesy of the Proserpine Fire Brigade.
Residents are advised to ensure their animals are kept inside or locked safely in their yards during the three firework displays.
The four major events supported by council are:
• Airlie Beach Rotary Christmas Carols/ lighting of tree/Fireworks – Sunday 3rd December at Airlie Foreshore• Bowen Street Fair / lighting of tree /Fireworks – Friday 8th December in Bowen Main Street• Collinsville Christmas Carols / lighting of tree/Santa/Xmas hat random prize giveaway – Sunday 3rd December• Proserpine Rotary Christmas Fair/Santa visit/street market/kids ride/Fireworks – Friday 15th December 5pm-11pm