Christmas Tree Pledge

Christmas Tree Pledges

In light of the recent events with our beloved Christmas tree we are again seeking donations from our members, we will also seek donations from nonmembers and our community via our social media channels.

We need funds for the repairs to the tree and fence and also for its ongoing maintenance. We would also like to have some funds in the kitty to purchase future new decorations.

Great work to Tom and his team of volunteers for getting the tree back up on Wednesday! I drove past at 9pm she looked great (just a few lights out and a little bent). The fairy lights around the picket fence look lovely too. There were about 10 people milling around the tree which was nice to see.

Christmas Tree Pledge $25

Christmas Tree Pledge $50
Christmas Tree Pledge $100
Christmas Tree Pledge $150
Christmas Tree Pledge $200

Power cut to Christmas tree by vandals before being smashed over

BLAIR THOMSON 7 Dec 2016, Border Mail

THREE Grinches have damaged Bright’s Christmas tree in an attack labelled disappointing and senseless. People in the town rallied to buy the tree, which has been displayed each Christmas for three years. The aluminum structure, which has thousands of LED lights, was targeted at 1am on Wednesday.

Three vandals cut through a power lead and support cables before pushing it over, causing it to smash through a white picket fence.  The incident was captured by security cameras at nearby businesses. 

Bright and District Chamber of Commerce president Tom Smith said the incident “left a sour taste” in his mouth, especially given the hard work of volunteers to install the display each year. “Everyone who saw it knocked over was quite upset,” he said.  “Everyone’s disappointed. There are a few wires that are broken on it and it will be a fair old job to fix it.” The tree is worth $17,500 but was purchased by the chamber of commerce for $7500.  “We’ve spent a lot of time, money and effort,” Mr Smith said. “The town all got behind it and to have it ruined like that is not the best feeling.”

Senior Constable Sam McIntosh said police had retrieved CCTV footage which showed three offenders. “It’s absolutely pointless,” he said. “It’s just disgusting behaviour at Christmas time.  “It's a deliberate act of vandalism. “The offenders can come and see us before we come and see them. “I'm not sure if it's random or if they've got an agenda, but it's just stupid and pointless.”

The damage is estimated to be about $5000. The tree was partially repaired on Wednesday and a full damage assessment will be done once it's removed.  Residents and business owners also expressed disappointment.  “It's an unfortunate thing to have happen,” nearby newsagent Brian King said. 

Senior Constable McIntosh is appealing for anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers.  It followed a vandalism incident at nearby Centenary Park last Thursday.  Signs were pulled down at the park and two youths were seen leaving the area about 9pm.




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