Up the creek with a new mural

Coraki mural artist Sharon Walker (left) and Lismore City Council catchment officer Vanessa Tallon with the new pathway mural at Kadina Park.

A mural to teach kids about healthy creek life has been created at Kadina Park in Goonellabah.

After 275 hours of painstaking work by the artist, Corakis Sharon Walker, the mural is ready for kids to ride their bikes and play on it and hopefully learn something at the same time.

The brightly-painted winding pathway simulates a creek waterway with colourful paintings of native animals and insects dotted throughout.

The mural cost $5000 and was paid for out of Lismore City Councils catchment education budget, which also paid for the painting of lamp-posts in Keen Street.

Councils catchment management officer, Vanessa Tallon, said future landscaping work would imitate creek banks on either side of the mural, and educational signs would be installed to teach kids about caring for waterways.

Art projects that are out in the community get the message across. And its beautiful as well, Vanessa said. Where weve been able to get the words, weve also included the Bundjalung name for the animals like kadina means water dragon.

Sharon said it was great that Council was supporting local artists, and said she loved coming to work each day to chip away at her masterpiece. Her work can also be seen at the primary school in Coraki and at the back of The Revolve Centre at the Lismore tip.


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