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Herb's Viennese Christmas tree sets a high standard

Friday, 17th December, 2010

547 Cummins Street resident, Herb Peska, with his massive Christmas display in his home. He says everyone is welcome to come by and have a look 547 Cummins Street resident, Herb Peska, with his massive Christmas display in his home. He says everyone is welcome to come by and have a look

Entries for the BDT-Big W Christmas Tree competition close today at 2pm, and Cummins Street resident Herb Peska thinks he has a shot at the $1,000 prize.

Now in his fifth year of setting up a mammoth display, Mr Peska said it was only in recent years that it started to get as big as it is now.

"I thought I'd do something not many people have seen before," the 65-year-old said. "I'm quite happy with it." 

The Christmas tree is only one part of Mr Peska's display, which is comprised of hundreds of collectibles, moving ornaments and more than 400 christmas lights.

The Austrian-born local modelled the display after his hometown of Vienna, and says his family also enjoy the Christmas spectacle which is set up in hishome.

"My grandson and granddaughter and even my son come over and have a look at it," he said. "There's a lot of moving parts in that display. It's not just standstill."

As for the major prize, a $1000 Big W voucher, Mr Peska said he has entered and hopes the judges like it.

"I put in for it and I try for it," he said. Mr Peska also admitted he did as much of his shopping for the display at Big W as he could and said it wasn't "a $2 job."

People wishing to enter the competition before the deadline of 2pm today can e-mail photos of their indoor tree to kristy@bdtruth.com.au.

The winner will be notified and announced in the BDT on December 20.

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