Filling a box with Christmas cheer

RED AND WHITE: Christmas spirit was in the air at the Whyalla City Council, with Acting Youth Development Officer Michal Hughes, left, and worker Kane Boss, right ready to launch the Chirstmas Box project.
RED AND WHITE: Christmas spirit was in the air at the Whyalla City Council, with Acting Youth Development Officer Michal Hughes, left, and worker Kane Boss, right ready to launch the Chirstmas Box project.

Whyalla residents are being encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit by supporting the Whyalla City Council's Christmas Box Program this November.

Tubs filled with Christmas trees will be available for the public to decorate over the coming weeks, with residents encouraged to add some matching Christmas decorations.

Council worker Kane Boss came up with the idea, and is excited to kickstart the Christmas season in Whyalla.

"They can paint a board that we will then attach to the box and then distribute around Whyalla in various areas," he said.

"The idea came from similar projects I'd seen in the past in Adelaide ... we're looking for anything tasteful and Christmasy, they can go their hardest and make something eye-catching."

Mr Boss said in the past the boxes had been postioned in areas such as the main street precinct, the Ada Ryan Gardens and the Whyalla City Council Civic Building.

Council Acting Youth Development Officer Michal Hughes said residents could get in touch with council to get involved in the Christmas Box Program.

"We've got 23 boxes so lots of groups can get involved and get their artwork out there," she said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with, I like seeing community art around the place, it's great to have community members play a part in making a program like this happen.

"Getting everyone involved and making the town a brighter place while updating the Christmas decorations we already have is great."

To obtain an entry form for the program, email michal.hughes@whyalla.sa.gov.au