Another Recycled Gem!
Lismore is the proud owner of another recycled Christmas tree in 2016 – a gift from Lismore City Council to the community.
The recycled Christmas tree made by Council staff in 2015 was such a resounding success that management and staff thought it should become an annual tradition.
While last year’s tree was made of recycled bicycles, this year’s CBD centrepiece on the corner of Keen and Magellan streets is made of old car tyres and hub caps painted by Council staff and their families.
Meanwhile, the bicycle Christmas tree has found a new home in Clunes – a gift to village residents and a chance for visitors entering the Local Government Area to get a taste of Lismore’s personality.
“We love the idea of doing a tree each year made of recycled materials,” General Manager Gary Murphy said.
“The trees represent everything Lismore is about. They are sustainable, resourceful, colourful and quirky. We think it suits the personality of our city and our region, and judging from last year’s positive reaction, the community agrees.”
The 5.5 metre recycled Christmas tree was made with around 150 car tyres, 100 hub caps, 80 litres of paint donated by Dulux, almost half a tonne of steel, 120 1.25L plastic bottles to form the star, four bales of aluminium cans (a total of 88,000 cans) with recycled aluminium bows as presents around the base of the tree, around 40 old lights from the Lismore Airport runway, and a lot of love and Christmas spirit.
Adding to this year’s decorations is a new Merry Christmas sign at Lismore City Hall, which was painted by children at the Lismore City Council display during this year’s North Coast National.
“Council doesn’t always get things right, but we love our community and do our very best to make it a great place to live. Christmas gives us a chance to share our Christmas spirit and give something back from the heart,” Gary said.
“The tree is our way of saying thank you to the community. It is the extraordinary people who live here that truly make Lismore great – and we wish every one of them a very happy and safe Christmas.”
Ecoteam are very thankful to be a part of the Lismore community, and we thank Lismore City Council’s approach to sustainability.
We wish everyone a very happy holiday! And looking forward to the Lismore Christmas Tree for 2017!