Santa’s helpers at Toowoomba Region Men’s Sheds are turning their skills to a festive project with the creation of metallic Christmas trees.

The project grew from an idea developed by Council staff in conjunction with the Oakey Chamber of Commerce.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he applauded the goodwill of the talented crews at Crows Nest, Oakey, Highfields, Millmerran and Pittsworth Men’s Sheds.

“The 15 metallic community Christmas trees can be decorated with baubles that residents can collect from regional locations,” Mayor Antonio said. (*see full tree locations and bauble collection points listed below)

“I admire the Men’s Sheds’ inventiveness to keep the Christmas spirit alive in a year when many community events have been cancelled or scaled back to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

“I encourage residents to collect a bauble and decorate their closest tree to join a collective Christmas celebration.

“The Christmas season brings an air of excitement, anticipation and the prospect of celebrating with friends and family. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to capping 2020 with some festive cheer.

“The shutdown earlier this year really highlighted how important regular community social events and celebrations are to this city and Region, especially at Christmas.

“Let’s not forget the importance of giving and supporting others who are struggling for many different reasons.

“On behalf of my Council colleagues, I wish all residents peace, hope and joy this Christmas season.”

To view regional events, please visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/events 

Caption: Stars of the show: Oakey Men’s Shed members John Harrison (left) and Leon Batzloff roll another Christmas tree off the production line.

Town                       Tree Location                                     Bauble Collection Point
Cooyar                    Cooyar Memorial Park                         Cooyar Progress Assn & Cooyar Hotel
Crows Nest             Crows Nest Library                              Crows Nest Library
Highfields                Highfields Library                                 Highfields Library
Hampton                 Hampton Visitor Info Centre                 Hampton VIC
Goombungee         Goombungee Service Centre               Goombungee Library
Oakey                    Oakey Service Centre                           Oakey Library
Kingsthorpe           Kingsthorpe Recreation Park                Kingsthorpe & District Progress Assn Op Shop
Quinalow               Quinalow Sports Reserve                      Quinalow Library & Quinalow Progress Assn
Peranga                 Peranga Hall                                          Peranga Hall
Pittsworth              Centenary Park                                       Pittsworth Library
Southbrook            Bi-Centennial Park                                 Brookstead School
Clifton                    Clifton Library                                         Clifton Library
Cambooya             Cambooya Post Office                           Cambooya Post Office
Millmerran             Millmerran Community Support Centre Millmerran Community Support Service
Cecil Plains           Cecil Plains Library                                Cecil Plains Library