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Moruya lights up for Christmas

The main street of Moruya was lit up for Christmas last night thanks to our club and the Moruya Business Chamber.

Take a bow Rotarians Rohan Gleeson and Col Chesher, Business Chamber members Tubby Harrison, Rob Pollock, Col Chesher and Col Jay you have brought much needed Christmas cheer to our town (the lads finished close to midnight - how is that for community spirit)

photos: Moruya Rotary In the ongoing saga with Essential Energy over the annual installation of the lights on Essential Energy light poles the Rotary volunteers were required to spend over $2000 to have an engineers report on the wind effect of the light structures on the poles. This was accomplished with ease but did reveal that Essential Energy couldn't provide the essential scaled CAD drawings for the task, instead offering only out of scale pdf images that made a nonsense of their request. The hurdles Essential Energy have placed in front of the Moruya Christmas lights each year have been many. They wanted $20 million in Public Liability insurance which was met with $50 million. They said the poles were live at the point of attachment and required a variety of measures prior to safe installation. When it was revealed that if the pole was live half way up the metal lightpole then the base too would be live. Essential Energy backed away from this when the community were warned not to touch the poles and dogs advised not to piss on them. The requirement for approval is still annual and it appears that each year requires a new hurdle to be overcome. Next will be the insistence that a fiberglass ladder and platform be used that will cost Rotary Moruya $10,000. Meanwhile a Very Big vote of thanks to the tenacity of Rotary to continue to provide a festive feel to the township of Moruya and to overcome the annual Grinch hurdles placed before them.

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