• Hannah Phillips

Apollo Bay Gets Festive with 'Elfie' Boards


Colac Otway Shire Council is helping to bring Christmas cheer to the region this year, with the introduction of 'Elfie’ boards (selfie boards) at Colac’s Memorial Square and the Apollo Bay foreshore (near the playground), ready for young and old to take their very own seasonal snap.


Also in Colac, Christmas fairy lights are twinkling, lighting Santa’s way through Murray Street, above the median strip between Queen Street and Corangamite Street.

Down on the coast, Mayor Joe McCracken will bring sparkle to the WildWood Christmas tree in Apollo Bay by decorating a wooden bauble to be hung on the tree created by local artist Fingle Sin.

And across the shire, shopfronts are alight with the artistic flair of our schoolchildren who, in partnership with Council, created Christmas stars to make spirits bright and encourage people to shop local.

“I hope to take some inspiration from the beautiful stars hanging in businesses in towns around the shire, decorated by school children as a part of the Colac Otway Shire’s Christmas art project,” Cr McCracken said.

The Christmas stars project was a response to community feedback seeking more Christmas decorations across the shire, resulting in more than 2300 students from every school in the district decorating their own Christmas star.

Stars have been hung in shops and windows of businesses throughout Colac, Apollo Bay, Forrest, Birregurra, Cororooke and Wye River.

Christmas stars will be displayed through the shire for all of December, with a full list of participating schools and businesses, along with lucky star details available at: colacotway.vic.gov.au/upcoming-events.