Participants with Minister Kelly and Janine Freeman
A Water Corporation pump station at Esperanto Harris Gibb Reserve was given a creative makeover after CAN worked with artist Lawry Halden and Darren Hutchens to develop a mural design concept that drew on valuable input from the local community.
Developed in collaboration with young people from local, not-for-profit youth organisations Whitelion and Edmund Rice Centre WA, the mural depicts local flora, fauna and representations of the creation story of the waugal (rainbow serpent).
As a part of the project, CAN facilitated seven community engagement workshops attended by young people. The workshops enabled the Water Corporation team to demonstrate how local water usage impacts on the environment.
The mural was officially unveiled at a community celebration held in June 2019. Local Elders Aunty Doolan and Uncle Walter Eatts gave visitors a warm welcome to country and reflected on the beauty and importance of embracing people of all colours in our communities. The crowd was entertained by the Djurpin Djindas dance group.
“This has also been a fantastic opportunity for the wider community to participate in decisions about how to improve the look of our local streets, rather than imposing ideas from the outside.”
Janine Freeman, Member for Mirrabooka
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