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Vernon Keys and the Lismore City Council bridge crew with the 2017 recycled Christmas tree. (supplied)
Vernon Keys and the Lismore City Council bridge crew with the 2017 recycled Christmas tree.

Lismore council staff have used recycled road signs to create a 7.3 metre Christmas tree which includes a star shaped by eight give way signs.

The tree, which was constructed by staff and their families in their own time, features more than 100 decorations made from recycled corflutes.

Last year's effort. A tree made from tyres.
Last year’s effort. A tree made from tyres.

It will light up with 140 metres of lights, featuring 2,900 LED bulbs.

The Lismore tradition of using recycled materials to create a Christmas tree began in 2015 when staff and their families used old bicycles, and continued in 2016 with a tree made from old tyres.

This year’s tree features a steel frame donated by Onesteel.

Council’s executive director of infrastructure Gary Murphy said the secret ingredient was of course ‘love’.

‘We have become very proud of our Christmas tree tradition because it gets people talking, promotes recycling and, on the whole, our community seems to love it,’ Mr Murphy said.

The first recycled tree. (supplied)
The first recycled tree. (supplied)

‘We also have to thank Kyogle and Richmond Valley councils this year for helping us with extra road signs.

‘While many staff have helped make the 2017 tree a reality, a special mention must go to Vernon Keys and our wonderful bridge crew.

‘That team put in hours of their own personal time and worked tirelessly to get the tree ready in time for Christmas.

‘As a Council director, it is amazing to watch the staff work on the tree each year – everyone loves being part of it.

‘This is our Christmas gift to the community. We love Lismore and this is our way of showing it.’


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  1. That’s fantastic! Well done Lismore!
    Why can’t Tweed do something similar?
    The news this week is that there won’t be any Xmas trees around the Tweed shire since the flood destroyed the council’s stored decorations.
    We have so many handsome pine trees growing around here, how about just lighting up some in the right locations? Who needs plastic trees anyway? (Unless recycled/re-purposed.)
    Let’s think laterally, like Lismore!


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