A Christmas tree made of recycled push bikes has sprung up in Lismore’s CBD.
Council staff came up with the idea after the city was accused on social media last year of having the worst Christmas tree in the world.
Mayor Jenny Dowell said while the traditional tree remains in place and will soon be decorated, the new version was a surprise gift to the community.
“All the staff donated their time outside work hours,” she said.
“This has all been done over the last couple of months in total secret. We wanted it to be a surprise.
The latest Yuletide offering was made from recycled old bicycles that could not be repaired and discarded paint from the city’s waste recovery facility, and was assembled by Lismore City Council staff in their own time.
The bikes were welded onto the steel frame at the council metal shop and the structure was then painted all colours of the rainbow by council staff and their families, in their own time.
Lismore general manager Gary Murphy said the tree represents everything Lismore is about.
‘Recycling represents Lismore in so many ways and is a big part of who we are – one of our community visions was to become a model of sustainability and we are well on the way to becoming the recycling capital of this country,” Mr Murphy said.
‘We’re sustainable, we’re resourceful, we’re colourful, we’re unique and we aren’t afraid to do things differently!’
The Christmas tree was made with parts from more than 90 bikes, 50 litres of white paint, almost half a tonne of steel, around $30 worth of coloured mis-tints from the paint shop, and a lot of love and Christmas spirit.