A Christmas message from Mayor Kevin Mack

18 December 2014

Nothing brings our community together like Christmas. There's always a real buzz around Albury at this time of year. It's fantastic to see the streets decorated and people flocking to our CBDs to celebrate with family and friends and buy those last minute presents for their loved ones.

As usual, Christmas will be celebrated with the typical fanfare of our Carols by Candlelight. It's always a highlight of the season and I hope to see you and your family at the Albury Sports Ground next Wednesday for our biggest annual event.

While it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas, we should also spare a thought for those less fortunate in our community. For some, Christmas can be a difficult time and I'd encourage everyone to consider volunteering or donating to the various local causes that will help make Christmas a little brighter for people in need.

As 2014 comes to a close it's also a great chance to reflect on the year gone by. Personally, it's been a great privilege to represent this city. I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with an incredible range of people and organisations. From residents to business leaders and community groups, we have been able to achieve so much for Albury over the past 12 months.

The passion and enthusiasm I see from people in this city is something I hope to carry with me into 2015. And I'll certainly need it as we look to open our new art museum, begin work on Wagga Road in Lavington and deliver $65.6M in capital works.

On behalf of all my Council colleagues and everyone at AlburyCity, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.