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Tree spreads Christmas cheer at Congupna

Congupna residents are loving the Christmas tree built in their town by Congupna-Tallygaroopna Landcare treasurer David Doyle.

JARROD WHITTAKER December 24, 2013 4:17am

David Doyle and his Christmas tree.

For David Doyle, the most rewarding part of designing and building the Congupna Christmas display was the reactions of the town’s school children.

‘‘When they throw a comment or a cheer that just tops it off,’’ Mr Doyle said.

Congupna’s Christmas decorations include a tree featuring native animals.

The tree has been erected on a fence on Katamatite-Shepparton Rd.

After assembling the tree, the Congupna-Tallygaroopna Landcare treasurer would add extra animals as he completed them.

‘‘Every day I’d finish another thing and slap it on,’’ Mr Doyle said.

Putting the extra animals on become a daily attraction for the students who took a keen interest in what new critter would appear.

Members of the Landcare group decided on the native animal theme to highlight the group’s environmental focus.

He also designed a similar tree situated at Tallygaroopna fire station.

The Congupna project was funded by a $2000 Greater Shepparton City Council grant.

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