It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… in Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Blackwood and Gordon.

For the first time in its history, Moorabool Council is providing public decorated Christmas trees in the shopping areas of its four main towns.

This tree popped up this morning (Tuesday) in AA McLean Reserve in Ballan, along with Council-supplied decorations along Inglis St…

It follows an unprecedented 2020 for Moorabool Council, which is hoping deliver a little bit of joy for locals – and at the same time promoting the value of spending money close to home.

“Running alongside our business support initiatives during the pandemic, we have also been very busy working on our Christmas plans,” Executive Manager of Community Planning & Economic Development, Henry Bezuidenhout said.

He said the 2020 Christmas in Moorabool campaign would also include:

** Letters to Santa to be collected after Santa has read them and kept in a time capsule to 2050

** Roving Santas,

** Community feedback (in January),

** A Christmas shop windows competition,

** Hyper local Christmas decorations in Ballan with thanks to Wombat Regional Arts Network (pictured below)

“We look forward to engaging further with our community in January to hear their ideas,” Mr Bezuidenhout said

“Our team has made a great start for Christmas 2020, and we hope to build on this in the years to come.”

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** Meanwhile the City of Ballarat installed a giant 3m Christmas bauble in Bridge Mall late last week. The walk-through sphere contains seating 1.5m apart for selfies and is lit-up at night.

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