Geoff lights up lives and hearts
EACH December, residents of Glamorgan Vale and surrounding areas look to the hills for a shining beacon.
This beacon not only signals the beginning of the festive season but conjures up a sense of community and family spirit that brings enjoyment into people's lives.
A proud family tradition, the source of the beacon is Geoff Beattie's home, which is covered from roof to shrub in all manner of Christmas light decorations.
Mr Beattie said he first plugged into the hobby about 11 years ago in competition against his son Jason.
However, Christmas lights have always been a source of enjoyment for Mr Beattie.
"We used to go looking at Christmas lights before we ever started and we'd drive to Brisbane and take my mum and we'd go as a family around looking at the Christmas lights," Mr Beattie said.
Since then Geoff has turned his home into a shining light for the Somerset, taking out top spot in the region's Christmas lights competition for the past five years.
Mr Beatttie even claimed third place for best decorated home in the west residential section in the 4KQ Christmas lights competition for the second year in a row recently.
With a conservative estimate of more than 300,000 lights covering the home, Mr Beattie's Christmas wonderland is a sight to behold.
He said it took roughly 10 weeks to put together.
Mr Beattie said all the hard work paid off when switching on.
"The enjoyment is what the kids get out of it," he said.
Although free for all to enjoy, Mr Beattie encouraged visitors to donate towards the Lockyer-Brisbane Valley branch of the Leukaemia Foundation with a tin on site.
To check out Mr Beattie's bright creation, go to 7 Beattie Rd, just off Glamorgan Vale Lowood Rd, Glamorgan Vale.
Santa will make a special visit to the home from December 19-24.