• Christmas Festivities across the Pilbara

    The streets across the Shire of Ashburton have been a buzz as families come out each evening to enjoy the vibrant displays of Christmas lights and to participate in the many festive activities that have been on offer.

    Kids have enjoyed getting creative with the Elves craft workshops, performing their Christmas concerts and, of course, the special visits from Santa.

    Families converged with their glo-lights and picnic rugs to sing carols and Onslow lined the streets to cheer on the entrants in the annual float parade.

    Local residents in Tom Price, Pannawonica and Paraburdoo toured the town to judge the winners in the highly coveted Christmas Lights competition, with all entrants putting up magnificent displays and creating a strong sense of Christmas cheer.

    Shire President Kerry White said it is always great to see the community come together to celebrate this time of the year.

    “Watching young faces light up with excitement and families spending time together to sing carols and enjoy the many Christmas activities is a highlight of the season,” said Cr White. “The tremendous amount of effort residents go to is indicative of the great community spirit that exists in each of towns.”

    “Our Christmas activities are made possible through the Shire’s partnerships with the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project and Rio Tinto and we thank them for their ongoing support.”

    Congratulations to all of our residents who made the effort in decorating their homes and their parade floats, which creates a fun and festive atmosphere within our communities.

    The winners of the 2016 Christmas Lights competition are as follows:


    • 1st place:   Maitland St - Tony Evans
    • Equal 2nd place: Fortescue Way - Ryan Thomas and Peedamulla Way  - Craig Walker
    • People’s choice:  Maitland St  - Tony Evans

    Tom Price

    • Judges Award –Tarwonga Court – Marion Scott
    • People’s Choice –Frangipani Street – Nerrada Picks


    • Judges Award – Lockyer Avenue – Peter Palmer
    • People’s Choice Award – Ashburton Avenue – Adam Pallister

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