News

Central Highlands community sparkles with light displays

BRIGHT CHRISTMAS: Residents are stepping up their Christmas light displays this year.
BRIGHT CHRISTMAS: Residents are stepping up their Christmas light displays this year. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emelights

EMERALD streets are glowing as residents get into the Christmas spirit by decking their homes with lights.

Streets are getting constant evening traffic flow as families drive around the Central Highlands searching for houses, or even entire neighbourhood's like Saville St, exploding in colour and lights.

With the usual displays including blow-up Santa Claus', blinking trees and stars, and reindeers running across roofs, residents have stepped their Christmas light displays up a level.

This year Christmas light displays have become much more tech-savvy, with laser lights reflecting on the front of homes, as well as computerised displays which flash along to music played. With 18 entrants from Emerald, 10 from Springsure, seven in Blackwater, as well as three entrants from Bauhinia, two in Duaringa and one in Rubyvale, Central Highlanders have been cruising the region as streets are lit up for Christmas.

Entrants in the competition will receive early Christmas presents from Emerald Mitre 10.

Each entrant will receive a $50 gift card from the store to thank them for their efforts.

Emerald Mitre 10 CEO Justin Benjamin said he was delighted to help.

"Times are a bit tough all around, but it is during the tough times that community events like this are so important," Mr Benjamin said.

"The Christmas lights are an act of love by families for their communities.

"They make everyone feel happy and they make special memories for the children to look back on.

"I'm very pleased that everyone who has put time and effort into their Christmas lights display will receive this thank you."

The winners of the 2012 Light Up Our Town competition will be announced at the Emerald Rotary Carols by Candlelight on Sunday from 5pm at the Emerald Showgrounds.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Water bill reprieve for Isaac ratepayers

ISAAC ratepayers have been granted twelve months by Isaac Regional Council before they have to pay for water use.

Ratepayers in Isaac have 12 months to pay for water use.

Regions join to advocate for affordable housing

Regions collaborate: Isaac Affordable Housing Trust and Central HighlandsHousing Company Limited teaming up to lobby for better affordable housing. Pictured:IAHT Director and IRC Cr Nick Wheeler, CHQHC Company secretary and CHRC CEOScott Mason, IAHT Company Secretary Chris Wright, IAHT Chair and IRC Mayor AnneBaker, CHQHC Director and CHRC Cr David Lacey and CHQHC Chair and CHRCMayor Kerry Hayes.

Local councils join forces for affordable housing.

Light competition spreads Christmas cheer

Council plant operator/labourer Opeta Iona lends a helping hand to hang Christmaslights in the Emerald CBD.

Show your love of Christmas and enter the Light Up Your Town comp.

Local Partners

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

IF you want to experience the pure heat of the start of Queensland's scorching weather, you can't go past Birdsville.

Santa is coming to Isaac libraries

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: Join in the special Story Time sessions at Isaac Libraries December 5 to 9 and create your own Christmas craft like Sophia, Evie and Ashley Williams.

Santa is dropping in to the libraries in the Isaac Region.

Warm up your voice for the Rotary Carols

The Rotary Carols by Candlelight is on this Sunday.

The Central Highlands Rotary Carols is on this weekend.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!