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Santa comes to Margaret River’s Festival Precinct December 14

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Shire president Julia Meldrum (centre) with Margaret River Hockey Club’s Maxine Williams, Shire community development trainee Helena Williams, community development administration officer Shannon Walker, Margaret River Heart technician Craig Williams, sustainable economy officer Saul Cresswell (back), Margaret River Heart venue operations Officer Sarita Leal and Shire co-ordinator of community planning and development Katie Taylor.
Camera IconShire president Julia Meldrum (centre) with Margaret River Hockey Club’s Maxine Williams, Shire community development trainee Helena Williams, community development administration officer Shannon Walker, Margaret River Heart technician Craig Williams, sustainable economy officer Saul Cresswell (back), Margaret River Heart venue operations Officer Sarita Leal and Shire co-ordinator of community planning and development Katie Taylor. Credit: Supplied

Residents will have the chance to get up close and personal with the big man himself when Santa comes to town later this month – courtesy of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

The local government announced the coup this week as part of plans for a Fearn Avenue Fiesta in the lead-up to Christmas.

The Thursday, December 14 event would also open the gates to late-night shopping on the Margaret River main street, with businesses encouraged to get involved.

Shire sustainable economy officer Saul Cresswell said the plans were part of the Shire’s efforts to respond to requests from residents and main street businesses to harness Fearn Avenue and inject more Christmas spirit into the town.

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“It’s great to see activity and colour on the street, from the beautiful banners by local artists, to buskers and events like this one,” Mr Cresswell said.

“This time of year lends itself to coming together and celebrating.

“All the action for this year’s event will be centred in the Festival Precinct, with live music, Santa’s arrival and Christmas crafts,” he said.

“The street will remain open and roving carollers will help to spread the festive atmosphere.”

As well as live music and a host of family-friendly activities, a fully-charged $500 Local Is More gift card was up for grabs for the business deemed to have the best Christmassy shopfront.

Mr Cresswell said the winner would be announced at the event.

“It’s also a great chance for main street traders to make the most of the newly-relaxed stance to alfresco dining as the weather warms up,” he said.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the celebrations and we hope to see a great turnout of people of all ages to join in the fun.”

The fiesta runs from 4pm to 8pm and kicks off with a welcome to country followed by live music including Si&B, Freeway South and Eat Sleep Play.

The Riversong Choir will also be leading carols while activities were under way.

Santa’s arrival and photo opportunities for youngsters was scheduled for 5pm, depending on conditions at the North Pole.

For more, visit amrshire.wa.gov.au/FearnAveFiesta.

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