Cobar Shire crowned Merriest Christmas Council Champion

Council staff Carly Hunter, Peter Vlatko, Summer Patterson and Brytt Moore at
Council’s fundraiser barbecue in Drummond Park last Wednesday

Cobar Shire Council has been crowned the Merriest Christmas Council Champion of 2022 after they raised a whopping $12,000 in a Christmas T-Shirt Day fundraiser last week.

Cobar Shire Council’s Human Resources Manager Summer Patterson, who helped to coordinate the fundraiser challenge, said she was thrilled with the total that Cobar had raised.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our workforce and our community,” Summer said.

“With the $12,000 raised divided by the number of Council staff (160), that equates to  $75 per person, which is quite a remarkable effort in just one day!”

Cobar Shire was one of eight councils challenged by Moree Plains Shire Council to fundraise for a local cause.

The nine councils (Armidale, Narrabri, Walgett, Gwydir, Gunnedah, Griffith, Coonamble, Moree and Cobar) raised a collective $15,951.30 for their respective local charities. (No other council came close to Cobar’s total!)

The recipient of Cobar’s fundraising will be the Euabalong community which has been affected by floods.

Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko said he will be speaking to members of the Euabalong Progress Association to make sure the money goes where it is most needed.

Under the rules of the Challenge, the staff could only raise money on one day and they went all out holding a morning tea at the depot and lunch in the park; they organised a 100 Club; auctioned off the General Manager; and walked the streets collecting donations from local business owners.

They were also helped with generous donations from Mayor Peter Abbott, who donated a portion of his mayoral salary ($2,300) and the Rotary Club of Cobar gave $1,000 (and donated the barbecue lunch).

Peak Gold Mines staff got onboard and contributed $2,100 from the proceeds of their barbecue lunch and a 100 Club (with the winner donating her prize money back).

Aurelia Metals also made a contribution of $2,500 on top of the staff donation