Samuel, Michelle, Steve and Sara Kelly help Santa hang up the washing.
Samuel, Michelle, Steve and Sara Kelly help Santa hang up the washing. Murray Wenzel

South Kolan Santa to stop antics

WE have all heard of the Santa at the North Pole, but what about the one at South Kolan?

Those who drive into Bundaberg on Gin Gin Road each day are well aware of him and his industrious nature.

Whether it is bench pressing, driving a boat, mowing, barbecuing, hanging out the washing or dipping into the fridge, he was always up to something different every day of the week.

“He’s a pretty active Santa, that’s for sure,” Steve Kelly, the South Kolan Santa’s creator, said.

But his antics have been curtailed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, who consider his props a distraction to motorists, compromising the efficiency and safety of the road network.

The Santa, a departmental spokesperson said, could stay. But a fridge, freezer, and car, which was for sale, were ordered to be removed from the road reserve, leaving one bored Santa as Christmas approaches.

They assessed the giant doll to be of “low risk” and allowed it to stay until the end of Christmas.

“But without its props there is no point – he’s just like any other Santa,” Mr Kelly said.

“I don’t mind about the car being moved, but its props weren’t any harm to anyone.

“We think it’s a bit harsh. Everyone loves to see what he’s doing each day.”

The South Kolan family were not going to reintroduce Santa this year, but were felt they had to when countless motorists demanded he make a return.

“Kids love him, adults love him, everyone gives us a wave when they’re driving past. It’s all about getting into the spirit of Christmas,” he said.

Battling on each year despite three broken legs and several stomach operations, it is as if Santa has become part of the family.

On Christmas Eve you will find him on the roof ready to enter the chimney with his sack full of gifts.

But for now he’s probably quite bored, so if you are driving by, consider stopping to give him some company.



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