Let’s not forget those doing it tough this year: Mayor

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The Wollondilly Mayor’s Giving Tree Christmas appeal for 2023 will help support those doing it tough in the shire.

Mayor Matt Gould is encouraging residents to embrace the spirit of giving by donating unwrapped gifts for children between up to the age of 12, gift vouchers for teenagers aged between 13 and 17 – or non-perishable food items at one of the designated delivery points.

“I know many members of our community are doing it particularly tough this year due to cost of living pressures and anxiety about things that are happening in the world around us,” says Mayor Gould.

“In the true spirit of the holidays, I’d love to see everyone come together as community to look after each other, as we always do in the Wollondilly Shire.

 “As Christmas draws nearer, I’m asking residents to lend a hand to those in our community who need some support and extra help this year.

“By donating a child’s gift, gift card or non-perishable food items, you can make a huge difference to children and families this Christmas.”

Donations can be made at the council administration building in Picton, the Warragamba Silverdale neighbourhood centre, Community Links Wollondilly at Tahmoor, the Dilly Wanderer or the Mobile Library.

The appeal is unable to accept used, second-hand or wrapped gifts.


Entries are now open for Wollondilly Council’s 2023 Christmas lights competition.

This year council is changing things up a little, bringing the competition online and letting the people decide the best house.

Judges will decide categories of best house, best street, best commercial and the grand champion.

From the entries received, council will also create a Dilly Christmas lights directory to help the Wollondilly community explore the amazing displays across the shire.

The categories for this year are:

People’s Choice Best House

Judge’s Choice Best Street

Judge’s Choice Best House

Judge’s Choice Best Commercial

Judge’s Choice Grand Champion

Entries are now open and close December 13. Voting will run from December 15 to 18. Enter now  at https://bit.ly/47gI6j3

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