News

Proserpine home wins light comp

THE winner of the 2013 Whitsunday Times Christmas lights competition is Harry and Fay Milne of Proserpine, with Gary Roser and Courtney Leifels of Cannonvale hot on their heels in second place.
THE winner of the 2013 Whitsunday Times Christmas lights competition is Harry and Fay Milne of Proserpine, with Gary Roser and Courtney Leifels of Cannonvale hot on their heels in second place.

THE winner of the 2013 Whitsunday Times Christmas lights competition is Harry and Fay Milne of Proserpine, with Gary Roser and Courtney Leifels of Cannonvale hot on their heels in second place.

Both homes were commended by the judges for their originality, creativity and use of colour, and have won a $200 and $100 voucher from Airlie Beach Hotel respectively.

The Milne's have been decorating their house for about 13 years, and have entered the Times competition for about six years. Both families said they put the energy into decorating their homes to encourage the Christmas spirit, and to delight the hundreds of families who visit their homes to see the display.

"We decorate with lights for the enjoyment everyone gets," Ms Milne said, who has seven grandchildren herself.

"We have a sign out the front inviting people to have a look inside the hedge. There is a train on its tracks and a white cross with lights that twinkle like stars. The neighbours have helped out, everyone's had a laugh."

The judges, from Zonta Whitsundays, the Lions Club and the Parent Action Group, drove around on Sunday judging the eight entries from Jubilee Pocket to Proserpine.

Secretary of the Lions Club of Whitsundays, Helen Toy, judged the competition for the second year running, and congratulated those who entered. "Most people really embraced the spirit of Christmas and put a lot of thought into their displays," she said. "People used some imagination in their displays."

With six days left until Christmas, there is still time to drive around to view the displays.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

37 Sth Molle Bvd, Cannonvale

55 Galbraith Park Dve, Cannonvale

43 Marathon St, Proserpine

14 Wildlife Rd, Jubilee Pocket

33 Sterry St, Proserpine

34 Erromango Dve, Jubilee Pocket

12 Spalla Dve, Proserpine

Topics:  christmas light competition, whitsundays


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Local DJs to drop electronic set over Queen's birthday weekend

TRAFFIC LIGHT: The Miller Brothers, Mick and Jon, will be hitting Boom Nightclub on Saturday night.

The Miller Brothers, Mick and Jon, will be hitting Boom Nightclub.

Fish are on the bite as water warms up

ABOVE, WHAT A FISH: Kristy Allen with a pretty coral trout caught on a charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

Check out the best spots for the weekend.

Fan favourites on the way

SHOW STOPPERS: Justice Crew will take to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre stage on Saturday as part of their massive What We Do tour .

Justice Crew will be at the PEC this Saturday.

Local Partners

Dr Karl comes to Cannonvale Library via Skype

Liam Steen asked Dr Karl “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” an age-old question which Dr Karl was able to shed light on.

Magnificent Seven a shooting success

WILD WEST: Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

Wild West Fun coming Bowen's way.

Local DJs to drop electronic set over Queen's birthday weekend

TRAFFIC LIGHT: The Miller Brothers, Mick and Jon, will be hitting Boom Nightclub on Saturday night.

The Miller Brothers, Mick and Jon, will be hitting Boom Nightclub.

Fish are on the bite as water warms up

ABOVE, WHAT A FISH: Kristy Allen with a pretty coral trout caught on a charter with Reel Addiction Sport Fishing.

Check out the best spots for the weekend.

Fan favourites on the way

SHOW STOPPERS: Justice Crew will take to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre stage on Saturday as part of their massive What We Do tour .

Justice Crew will be at the PEC this Saturday.

Bowen all ready to explode into colour

EXPLODING: The first Bowen Colour Xplosion will be held next weekend.

BOWEN will erupt in colour during the first Bowen Colour Xplosion on

United against sexual violence

TOGETHER: WCCS counsellor Devorah Wynn, constable Syrrell Howard, WCCS counsellor Mandy Coles, WCCS CEO Steve Alexander, constable Andrew Walsh and Proserpine Hospital social worker Draz Stanko.

October is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Main street flooding worries residents

AFTERMATH: Heart of the reef landscape following Thursday night rainfall

Flooding concerns raised

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E7: Manifest review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Land dispute heats up

LAND DISPUTE: Lane Whitfield and Mark Cummings at thier Sugarloaf property.

The Supreme Court is set to hear the case

Backpacker tax needs to be simplified

\"I think in the future food should be a huge part of our foreign aid.\" Farmer Carl Walker. Photo: Emily Smith / The Daily Mercury.

The Fed Government's changed position has attracted criticism

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

TV show features Mandalay home

The pool at Mandalay House. Contributed

The Mandalay home is currently on the market for $19 million

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.