A b-ute Christmas, Levee style
‘Dashing through The Levee in a rusty Holden ute’ aren’t quite the Bucko and Champs’ lyrics we’re all familiar with, but nonetheless the Australian Christmas has been brought to life in Central Maitland.
Friday marks Santa’s arrival for the season and Maitland City Council has embraced a change of theme this year, adorning The Levee as the Aussie summer complete with surfboards, thongs and festive fauna.
Santa’s backyard has moved to the Riverlink Building but his usual spot hasn’t been left empty – a donated Holden VS ute has moved in and artist Trevor Dickinson has painted the Aussie icon in his own iconic style.
With features including a barbeq-ute, the Indian Root Pills barn and a Hills Hoist, Mr Dickinson said he was wanting to embody themes that were quintessentially Australian and Maitland.
“I’ve tried to make it very Maitland,” he said.
“It’s a good classic, Aussie car, and I’ve never painted a vehicle.
“That’s what interested me – something three dimensional.”
Council’s Visitor Economy coordinator Martin Payne said that the Aussie Christmas had been a previous public suggestion.
“We’ve tended to decorate in a very traditional northern hemisphere style, but a lot of people have said to us that we should do an Aussie Christmas,” he said.
“Then we thought we would have an art installation piece that suits the theme.
“Trevor has a cheeky, fun style, and was keen to get on board.”
Free Santa photos will run from November 16 to December 22 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. For more information and specific times visit theleveemaitland.com.au.