Santa Land gives children a swing

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An unusual item bound to catch the eye at the Eccles St playground is an early Christmas present from those at Santa Land.The ‘‘curver’’ swing, which was shipped from Germany, was purchased by Santa Land with the proceeds left over when the organisation disbanded.
‘‘Santa Land was a non-profit organisation set up in 2010 to give the people of Gore and districts some joy at Christmas time by providing a Christmas display and Santa photos,’’ former committee member Sandra Allison said. The women behind Santa Land had spent the past two years trying to find people to take over from committee members. However, with the lack of interest, the group was disbanded.Santa Land was made up of committee members Amanda Kotkamp, Jocelyn Marxen, Jackie Ashby, Pauline Allen and Mrs Allison.
After Santa Land folded, the decorations used for the Christmas display were sold. With that and other proceeds in the kitty, the group decided to give back to the children in the community, she said, and buy something for the playground. ‘‘We would like to thank the people of Gore and surrounding districts for their support and appreciation over the past six years, especially those who donated their time including past members to help make Santa Land the success it was,’’ Mrs Allison said. Gore district Mayor Tracy Hicks and Parks and Reserves manager Ian Soper were on hand to unveil the new playground equipment on Tuesday and thanked the group for their contribution to the community.