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Street Banners and Christmas Decorations Sparkle

The streets of Innisfail are shining brightly this December thanks to a $323,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program. The funding has delivered 80 Christmas banners on new street poles and a range of tinsel and solar powered illuminated decorations.

Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning said Works for Queensland is about supporting regional councils to create local jobs and improve their facilities.

“Works for Queensland is delivering jobs and giving local economies throughout the State a real shot in the arm,” Mr Dick said.

“These new street poles and banners are part of the more than $323,000 Town Centres Refurbishment project. In all, 13 projects for Cassowary Coast were funded through $3.77 million from the 2016-17 Works for Queensland which created or supported 77 jobs,” he added.

The festive banners were created to capture the quintessential spirit and unique atmosphere of Tropical North Queensland at this time of year. The banners were designed using tensioners to ensure longevity.

Works for Queensland supports local governments outside of South East Queensland to undertake job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure works.

The objective of the new tinsel and solar powered illuminated decorations was to upgrade Council’s current decorations and to include some decorations in Mission Beach. The tinsel and solar powered illuminated decorations were incorporated into Council’s 2017/18 Capital budget.  

The decorations were customised to suit the tropical conditions and incorporate solar panels. The lights are completely generated by solar power and activated by darkness sensors that are triggered at approximately 7:15pm.

To date, installations are complete in Tully and Innisfail while Mission Beach and Cardwell are expected to be finalised by Friday 15 December. Council wishes to thank the community for their patience and Ergon Energy for their support and assistance during the installation process.

In January, Cassowary Coast centric banners that characterise the region’s industry, economy, vision and surroundings will replace the Christmas banners.