Christmas ramps up

TWELVE days of Christmas shopping was launched in the Morwell central business district with entertainment, sales and skate competitions on Friday.

The Spirit of Christmas Celebration campaign saw Morwell traders open late, Morwell’s Skate Park abuzz with an estimated crowd of 60 spectators for a stunt-fuelled extravaganza, as well as music from Yinnar’s Strzelecki Stringbusters and a reptile show from VenomWise.

Organised through YMCA’s Victorian Skatepark League, the concrete park’s ramps and rails saw eight skaters, 14 scooter riders and 10 BMXers bust their best moves.

YMCA organiser Liam Merrigan said the event was about encouraging Valley youth to get more involved in building up an active skatepark scene.

“We’re trying to get people included, not only in this event, but many events. We want people to pick up skateboards and use that to boost activity in Morwell,” Mr Merrigan said.

Participating Morwell traders also offered one shopper the chance to win $1000 in shopping vouchers before 24 December.

Advance Morwell Traders member and Soularity retail store owner Ruth Codlin said the traders were all about shopping local and supporting local businesses.

“Morwell people always support Morwell and we wanted something that gives back to the community. We didn’t want it to be just about sales, we wanted to bring families into the town,” Ms Codlin said.

Impressions That Last owner Therese Kite said she had seen an increase in shoppers in the past few weeks and Friday was very busy.

“Today we’ve had an abundance of customers all happy to receive a discount and go into our draw towards a $1000 voucher,” Ms Kite said.