LIGHTING UP: CCCI events manager Gaye Smith with Enzed Surat Basin managing director Shannon McDermott prepare for the Christmas street lights competition of 2017.
LIGHTING UP: CCCI events manager Gaye Smith with Enzed Surat Basin managing director Shannon McDermott prepare for the Christmas street lights competition of 2017. Brooke Duncan

Christmas lights comp launched

WITH fewer than 30 days until Christmas the Chinchilla Community, Commerce and Industry Inc is once again launching the annual Christmas lights competition.

The event is an opportunity for residents in and around Chinchilla to light up their homes and gardens with Christmas flair.

CCCI events manager Gaye Smith said it was an excellent event for the community.

"The CCCI is excited to bring the Christmas lights competition back to Chinchilla for 2017,” she said.

"It's a great local event, we're wanting as many people to be involved as possible, and there are awesome prizes to be won, in the form of vouchers purchased by local businesses in turn supporting our local community.”

"It has been really good in past years, a lot of participation, this year is set to be bigger and better because... our sponsors have been very generous in donating vouchers.”

Those eager to take in all the lights will be able to see them all on Monday, December 11, from 6.30-9pm when judging takes place.

Sponsors for this year's event include Murphy Pipe and Civil (MPC), Enzed Surat Basin, and Chinchilla News.

MPC Group community relations manager Glenn Pfluger said he was pleased the company could again get behind the community's Christmas lights competition.

"We love supporting the community's Christmas celebrations, whether it's through the MPC Group Christmas tree taking pride of place in Heeney St, or by providing prizes to encourage people to get into the spirit of Christmas by lighting up their houses for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Pfluger said.

"It's a special time of year for families and a great way that MPC Group can wish everyone in the community a very merry Christmas.”

For Enzed Surat Basin managing director Shannon McDermott, the Christmas lights competition is a great way to support the community.

"It's just another local initiative, something we thought would be good to get behind,” Mr McDermott said.

"(It's) one of those positive type events everyone takes an interest in.”

"We're donating a prize, a voucher, at a local business.

"So that's supporting local as well... that's something we're keen to promote to the local community... something I think... people need to be aware of, spending your money locally is very important to the prosperity of the region.”

Entry forms for the Christmas lights competition are in this edition of Chinchilla News.