Light up your life!

Val Stuckey with Santa and Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crewman Nathan Joubert outside her Trinity Drive home.

It all started with a few coloured milk bottles filled with candles in 1995.

Twelve years later the annual Trinity Drive Light-Up has become a Lismore tradition, with hundreds of families visiting the street each year to marvel at the enormous effort residents put in to be the brightest house in the street. Its also a major fundraiser for the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and to date more than $80,000 has been raised.

Its just like Santaland. The expression on the childrens faces as they walk by each evening is just priceless, said Trinity Drive resident, Val Stuckey, whose home is adorned with more than 10,000 tiny lights. My husband Clyde should really get the credit its his masterpiece. But we both just love being part of it its like living in a magical fairytale for two weeks.

Every evening from now until Christmas Eve Santa will be in Trinity Drive from 7.45pm to around 9.45pm, handing out free lollies while his helpers collect donations from passers-by.

If you love putting up Christmas lights but are concerned about the amount of energy you use, there are simple ways to reduce your power consumption.

Lismore City Councils co-ordinator of environmental health strategies, Robyn Fitzroy, said some of the easiest things you can do is purchase LED and solar lights, and turn the Christmas lights off before heading to bed. People can also switch to Green Power through Country Energy.

Even these little things can make a huge difference, said Robyn. We want people to enjoy the festive season but to also think about the future. Sometimes people think its all too hard to reduce your environmental footprint, but theres lots of small things you can do that wont ruin your Christmas but will have a big impact.

Lismore City Council has a free booklet that includes tips on how to make your Christmas an environmentally-friendly one. It is available for free at Councils offices in Goonellabah and in the CBD, or you can download it from the website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.


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