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Following a meeting with the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce last week, it has been determined that Whitsunday Regional Council will host a Christmas decoration competition for Proserpine businesses.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the competition will run for the whole of December with Proserpinebusinesses urged to decorate their front windows and premises with Christmas decorations andlights.
“A cash first prize of $500 will be awarded to the best decorated business with a runner-up prize of $250,” she said.
“This is a great incentive for local businesses to get involved in and spread some Christmas cheer around Proserpine and we urge the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce and all businesses to take part.
“Proserpine Main Street is significantly limited in what Christmas decorations can be erected due to Council not owning control of the main street.
“Unlike the main streets in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Collinsville, Council does not own Proserpine Main Street meaning we do not have authority to put up Christmas lights or decorations in the street.
“This has meant in previous years that Proserpine has missed out on celebrating the Christmasspirit.
“Council is looking to rectify this situation this year by helping to spread the Christmas cheer, byrunning a Christmas decoration competition with cash prizes for businesses in the main street.
“The competition will be judged by a panel including the Whitsunday Coast Guardian, President of the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce Chris Patrick and the Member for Whitsunday JasonCostigan the week of Christmas.
“Businesses on the Main Street are able to display decorations and lights in their front windowsand on their premises, as long as it doesn’t impede the footpath or road,” she said.
Whitsunday Regional Council erects Christmas banners in the main streets of Airlie Beach, Bowen and Collinsville each year.
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