Community & Business

20 December, 2022

Towns light up

THE best Christmas Lights across the Mareeba Shire and Tablelands have been revealed, with both councils awarding the winners of their annual competitions.

Tablelands Best Residence went to 3 Wattle Close, Yungaburra
Tablelands Best Residence went to 3 Wattle Close, Yungaburra

The Tablelands are a spectacle of sparkling Christmas displays with more than 30 entries vying for the top spot in this year’s competition.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our three nights judging these fantastic displays across all communities and I can vouch for the quality and creativity of all entries," said Mayor Rod Marti.

“It was a tough call deciding on the winners and I’m in awe of all our nominated homes and streets for the effort they’ve put in to bringing Christmas cheer to the Tablelands.”

The winners of this year’s competition were: Best Residence – 3 Wattle Close, Yungaburra; sec-ond Best Residence – 18 John Street, Ravenshoe; third Best Residence – 5 Ellwood Close, Atherton. Best Street – Wattle Close, Yungaburra; second Best Street – Ellwood Close, Atherton; third Best Street – Main Street, Millaa Millaa.

For Best Residence winner Glenys Rowe, the rewards for taking the time to put up the lights is hearing what people say when they came to view them.

“We just love to hear what people, especially the kids, say when they come,” she said.

This year, council also asked residents to vote on a People’s Choice award, won by 33 Paine Street, Atherton, with 5 McKenzie Close, Atherton, a close runner-up.

In Mareeba, Mark and Kathy Hadley at 9 Damien Street won the Best Residential display while Luke and Aimee Posma at 149 Slape Road pulled out all the stops for Best Rural.

Mareeba’s Best Residence went to 9 Damien Street.
Mareeba’s Best Residence went to 9 Damien Street.

Returning champions Allen’s 4x4 Tint & Signs won Best Business for the eighth time, while the Best Street was Godwin Drive in Kenneally Estate.

Mareeba Mayor Angela Toppin said the Christmas Lights competition was a great way for people to get into the festive spirit for Christmas.

“Our communities and communities across Australia, have faced tough times in recent years and it is my hope that this Christmas, people take time to rest and reflect, and look forward to 2023 and beyond,” she said.

The councils thanked The Express for sponsoring the competitions.

Christmas spirit on show at local businesses 

Three business nominations were received for this year’s Mareeba Shire Council’s Christmas Lights competition which included the ever popular seven-time champions Allen’s 4x4, Tint & Signs, a magical display by the staff at Mareeba Property Management and a grinch-infested workplace at Max Employment. Allen’s 4x4 Tint & Signs was named the overall winner for the eighth time late last week. 

Where to see Christmas lights...


  • 5 McKenzie Close

  • 27 Canopus Circuit

  • 2/40 Tumbare Street

  • 8533 Kennedy Highway

  • 33 Paine Street

  • 17 Nerboni Close

  • 3 Danbulla Crescent

  • 2 Fourth Avenue

  • 35 Mountain View Drive

  • 5 Ellwood Close


  • 19 Holdcroft Drive


  • 33 Irvine Street


  • 7 Burton Close

  • 33 Topaz Road

Millaa Millaa

  • 8 Main Street

Mount Garnet

  • 69 Garnet Street


  • 18 John Street

  • 53 John Street

  • 16 Rogers Street

  • 380 Millstream Parade


  • 1 Karlindon Close

  • 7 George Street

  • 39 Filippo Close

  • 46 Filippo Close

  • 33 Rankine Drive

  • 79 Rankine Drive


  • 38 Oleander Drive

  • 40 Oleander Drive

  • 3 Wattle Close

Streets TRC

  • Main Street, Atherton

  • Ellwood Close, Atherton

  • Main Street, Millaa Millaa

  • Filippo Close, Tolga

  • Rankine Drive, Tolga

  • Oleander Drive, Yungaburra


  • 2 Leinster Drive

  • 5 Amaroo Drive

  • 12 Borland Street

  • 13 Borland Street

  • 32 Kowa Street

  • 46 Godwin Drive

  • 28 Godwin Drive

  • 1 Constance Street

  • 9 Damien Street

  • 7 Peluchetti Place

  • 12 Yarrabee Close

  • 3 Durston Street

  • 12 Maria Close

  • 9 Curlew Close

  • 3 Lannoy Street


  • 39 Hambling Street


  • 3 Daniel Place


  • 149 Slape Road, Mareeba

  • 3580 Mulligan Highway, Mount Molloy

  • 1268 Mareeba - Dimbulah Road, Mareeba

Streets Mareeba

  • Borland Street (two entries received)

  • Peluchetti Place

  • Fenwick Street

  • Kenneally Estate / Godwin Drive

  • Godwin Drive

  • Lannoy Street


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