Santa’s Workshop winners … from left, Division 5 winner, NB Department Store, Proston (Anita Blanch); Division 3/4 winner, Linard’s Floral & Bridal Centre, Kingaroy (Sharon Butcher); Division 6 winner, Wild Earth Float & Wellness Centre, Wondai (accepted by Cr Scott Henschen); Division 3/4 winner, Nae’s Beauty Clinic, Kingaroy (Shanae Van Den Brink); Division 1 winner, Sassy Mama, Nanango (accepted by Cr Roz Frohloff); Division 2 winner, Blackbutt Art Gallery (Trish Jacobsen) (Photo: SBRC)

December 15, 2021

The winners of the inaugural “Santa’s Workshop” – aimed at enticing businesses to fill their windows with Christmas magic – were announced by South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt on Wednesday.

“Santa’s Workshop” is part of the Pitt family’s Christmas Spirit Initiative.

“In 2021, we launched the second phase of our Christmas Spirit Initiative with Santa’s Workshop,” Mark said.

Phase 1 is “Santa Claus Lane” (the winners of this will be announced on Thursday).

“There was an impressive number of entries for the first year,” Mark said.

Mark said he was proud of the trophies and the Santas, which were purchased locally in South Burnett.

Nicola Pitt thanked Hancock Prospecting for funding the initiative and “enabling us to share the love”.

She said “Santa’s Workshop” had brought something special to the children of the South Burnett at Christmas.

“Many South Burnett children will not get to see the Brisbane window displays created by the large department stores that older residents fondly remember,” Nicola said.

“We wanted to recreate the wonder and awe for local kids of looking into those windows and dreaming of what Santa’s Workshop is really like..

“Santa’s Workshop is all about the children, using window frontage and outdoor areas to create a magical, immersive display. We wanted these displays to be child-centred and child-friendly.”

Congratulations to the winners of Santa’s Workshop for 2021:

  • Division 1 – Sassy Mama, Nanango
  • Division 2 – Blackbutt Art Gallery
  • Division 3/4 – Nae’s Beauty Clinic & Linard’s Floral
  • Division 5 – NB Department Store
  • Division 6 – Wild Earth Float & Wellness Centre

“As there were no entries in Division 4, all parties agreed to allocate two trophies to the greater Kingaroy area as this Division is also located in the greater Kingaroy township,” Mark said.

“Being the first year, we’ve received excellent feedback and we will continue to develop the process in 2022 and beyond.

“This was a very close competition and we struggled to agree on a single winner in some areas.

“We look forward to seeing even more imaginative future displays.

“South Burnett Regional Council wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

Santa’s Workshop winners with the Christmas Spirit Initiative crew, Mayor Brett Otto and councillors (Photo: SBRC)

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