Festive Fiesta

An estimated $20,000 was injected into the Condobolin economy as a result of the Lachlan Christmas Fiesta.

Sean Ritchie and Alicia Davis with their daughter Sophie Ritchie with Lachlan Shire Mayor John Medcalf at the official turning on of the Community Christmas Tree lights in Renown Park. Sophie had the honour of turning on the lights last Friday night. MB

Lachlan Shire Council Tourism Officer Amy Strudwick and LSC Director Community Services and Governance Gordon Thompson along with Jaren, Rubie and Arabella took their chance to have a photograph with Santa at the Fiesta. MB



















By Melissa Blewitt

An estimated $20,000 was injected into the Condobolin economy as a result of the Lachlan Christmas Fiesta.

The event, held last Friday night, attracted a large crowd, who took advantage of late night shopping and the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Young Condobolin resident Sophie Ritchie had the honour of turning on the Community Christmas Tree lights in Renown Park, which was followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

The Fiesta was held over a four hour period in Bathurst Street, to encourage locals to shop locally for Christmas and provided a wonderful opportunity for local retailers to showcase their product range.

To encourage shopping local, a passport incentive was implemented where shoppers received a stamp for every $10 spent at participating stores. When five stamps were collected, the passport was submitted to the barrel and great prizes were up for grabs every hour during the Fiesta with over $3,000 worth of prizes donated by local businesses.

Lachlan Shire Council Mayor, Councillor John Medcalf, said the Fiesta was a great success.

“Congratulations to all involved in the 2015 Lachlan Christmas Fiesta. It was a great evening out for family and friends and it really emphasised the importance of shopping local,” he said.

“Condobolin is a strong community, like all of the communities in the Shire, and the benefits of shopping local cannot be stressed enough if we are to maintain our business communities and local jobs,” he added.

A Fiesta of delights

It was shopaholic heaven on Bathurst Street last Thursday evening as the Christmas Fiesta saw bargain hunters lining the streets.

• Sarah Maurice sitting with Santa Claus in front of the Christmas tree at the Lachlan Shire Council’s Christmas Fiesta last Thursday. LP

By Lara Pearce

It was shopaholic heaven on Bathurst Street last Thursday evening as the Christmas Fiesta saw bargain hunters lining the streets.

The shops remained lit up, doors ajar, and special offers and deals abounded. Heavy rain in the hours leading up to the event could not dampen the spirits of business owners or shoppers, with skies clearing as proceedings got underway.

General Manager of the Lachlan Shire Council, Liz Collyer, was out with her loudspeaker, spruiking the events and announcing the winners of the Shopping Tickets prizes.

“It was a great night,” she said. “There was a good vibe. People were very busy in the shops and retail outlets […] it is more important than ever this year, now that Target is not there.”

“Some people said that numbers might have been down but sales were up, so people are getting the idea of what the whole thing is about. We certainly had more entries in the prize draw than last year.”

Many local businesses, including the Willow Bend Sports Centre and the Condobolin Newsagency, set up stalls on the footpaths for people to see their wares.

Proprietor of the Condobolin Newsagency, Mick Hanlon, said he was extremely happy with how the evening went. “We had lots of people coming through the store – it was a very positive evening with lots of community involvement,” he said.

“We would like to thank the Shire for their initiative and support and the other businesses that participated.”

In the belief that actions are stronger than words, Kim Lark and Natasha Hosie from Don Lark Motorcycles showed off the store’s scooters by riding them up and down the street.

“We were just promoting our store by showing our new scooter range,” Kim Lark said.

She is keen to see the event make a comeback next year. “I thought it was good for the community and good for the business houses,” she said. She also suggested that next year the shopping passports could be collected in the days leading up to the event as well as on the night to help build momentum and generate sales.

As the adults shopped, the children enjoyed the Rotary Society’s jumping castle and sharing their Christmas wish lists with Santa.

Local band 3rd Base kept Bathurst Street pumping well into the evening. As dark settled, the crowd gathered around the sparkling Christmas tree in Renown Park. Lachlan Shire Council Mayor Des Manwaring welcomed everyone to the event with the hope that they had had a successful evening shopping.

The winner of the children’s Christmas tree lights competition was then announced. With 340 entrants this year, it was baby Ellie May Dwyer who had the honour of turning on the lights to Condobolin’s Christmas tree. Fireworks followed, making an explosive finish to the evening.

Ms Collyer said that the event is about changing people’s attitudes towards shopping. “It is not just about the night; it is about having ongoing support of the retailers,” she said. “While the night is trying to highlight the need to shop local, it is just one way of trying to get people to think like that the whole year round.”

The Council will be garnering feedback from the businesses involved at their Business Connect meeting tomorrow.

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