Yenda community lights up with new Christmas tree

WHAT A TREE-T: Edna Howe, Paul Rossetto, Barbra Jefferies, Heather Farlow, Tony Romeo, Michael Lentini and Chris Ginns at the Yenda Christmas Tree. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo.
WHAT A TREE-T: Edna Howe, Paul Rossetto, Barbra Jefferies, Heather Farlow, Tony Romeo, Michael Lentini and Chris Ginns at the Yenda Christmas Tree. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo.

The Yenda community have even more reason to sing ‘Oh, Christmas Tree’ this season, as Memorial Park lights up with a large, decorated Christmas tree.

The tree came about after the Yenda Progress Association (YPA) approached Griffith City Council to decorate a large tree in Memorial Park with Christmas lights.

Despite some issues in regard to access, cabling for lights and other logistical obstacles, the tree was up and ready for the start of part of the Festival of Lights event being held throughout December.

President of YPA Kay Pellizzer said it brought a wonderful atmosphere to the town.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, it gives ambiance to the park, and truly captures the Christmas spirit,” Ms Pellizzer said.

Council consulted with members of the YPA and it was agreed the tree would use the same plan as for the Griffith Christmas Tree. 

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said Council was very excited to be able to provide the tree and to help bring the community together to celebrate Christmas.

“To enhance the Christmas experience and bring joy to all ages is hugely rewarding,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“Christmas is a really special time - and sometimes a difficult time - for people, being able to spread the Christmas cheer and spirit through this tree will bring the community together in celebration.”

Christmas is a really special time - and sometimes a difficult time - for people, being able to spread the Christmas cheer and spirit through this tree will bring the community together in celebration.

Mayor John Dal Broi

“I love Christmas time and being able to share that joy with the community, to see the happiness it brings children and adults alike, is a pretty fantastic feeling,” Cr Dal Broi said.

This is the first year Yenda has had a tree, and it has been met with sincere appreciation by members of the community.

Member of the Rotary Carols Committee Barbara Jefferies was thrilled with the sense of Christmas brought by the tree.

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“We are all thrilled to bits! It certainly keeps the Yenda Christmas spirit alive,” Ms Jefferies said.

Secretary of the YPA Paul Rossetto thanked the council for their contribution and enthusiasm in the process.

“We thank council for getting involved and doing a wonderful job of putting it up,” Mr Rossetto said.