Christmas project launched

Spokeswoman Marli Kelly said Tatura had come alive with unique Christmas decorations framing shop windows, balconies and tree guards giving the streetscape an explosion of colour for the festive season.

She said Christmas decorations were created out of everything from op shop material to recycled containers. Ms Kelly said the Men's Shed made the Christmas trees on the tree guards in the main street and the stars on balconies out of the old hospital fence.

''They also created a huge Christmas tree for Stuart Mock Place out of cut up old car tyres. We hope to attract attention and bring visitors to our wonderful town by brightening up Hogan St with a range of decorations during this festive time of year,'' she said.

''At the same time, it was important to highlight the amount of waste we produce, not only at Christmas time but all throughout the year and educate residents on the limited resources we have in the world.''

Ms Kelly said the project goal was to recycle as many products and resources as possible.

''Small mini Christmas trees out of tree branches adorn cash registers at Fishers IGA supermarket and metres of bunting was made out of recycled material that is across many shop windows,'' she said.

''Old sheet music was made into lovely strings of bunting and school children from both Sacred Heart Primary School and Tatura Primary School made hundreds of items that have gone in two shop windows.

''Massive wreaths that adorn balconies and are in shops were created by tying knots of material on to UGG Boots On Sale rims that were made by frames from an old strawberry farm.''

Ms Kelly said Tatura Art Group members using only recycled materials created a display in a vacant central shop window.

''Art group member Phyl Mactier chose the Christmas carol We Three Kings, as the theme and the result has blown residents away,'' she said.

''Ugg boots for a camel's head, dog's hair clippings for eyelashes, curved table legs for body parts, the list goes on.''

Ms Kelly said the inventive ways they used materials had been inspiring.

''Moyola nursing home residents made a huge array of UGG Boots On Sale novelty items including miniature decorations for a bicycle spoke tree. Residents made choir angels, painted golf balls and made mini Christmas dolls,'' she said.

''Another artistic resident, Barrie Miller, made a miniature installation of three kings complete with gifts for a shop front.

''We hope residents and visitors alike enjoy the results of the project, it has certainly been a huge community effort.''Members of the Rodney Arts Painting Group, C** Tatura Creative Textiles, The Ladies Shed are a creative lot, and have been busy in recent months preparing their Christmas displays for Tatura.

The displays, which are a credit to them, can be seen as follows, with their legends.

150 Hogan St We Three Kings of the Orient AreRecycled, up cycled articles. All body frames are curved wooden table legs or balustrades assembled by the Men's Shed.

Mrs Mactier thanked all who contributed to the project including transport carrier Bill Lee with his horse float, assisted by Richard Graves and Ray Rokahr, Geoff Reed for the lighting, Bill and Ray, and shop proprietors Shirley and Jo UGGS On Sale Laggazzino.

Mechanics Hall Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Sue Graves inspiration.

Members of Tatura Men's Shed made three reindeer from Val Rokahr's logs of wood, small tree branches for the antlers and pine cones for the ears and tails. Red nose top of container.

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