FIRTH Park is getting a fresh coat of paint in the form of a traditional mural that is currently being painted by members of the Mareeba PCYC and a Muluridji descended artist.
The PCYC identified that the Mareeba Cricket Kiosk at Firth Park has been the target of graffiti and vandalism for a number of months now and through the Regional Arts Development Fund they were able to start painting one of the walls.
The Regional Arts Development Fund promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage within communities across Queensland.
The PCYC was given the grant from the Mareeba Shire Council and promptly starting work over the school holidays employing the help of local kids and Muluridji descended artist, Sandra Mathieson.
PCYC Mareeba Branch Manager Mary-Anne West is very excited about the mural and hopes it acts as a deterrent to further graffiti and damage.
“We hope the mural will dissuade people from vandalising the kiosk and increase the sense of ownership and pride,” she said.
“The kids had a creative hand in both the painting of the mural and they came up with the murals idea and meaning.
“The mural represents the Granite Creek and the connection people have with Firth Park.”
The mural is hoped to be completed during the first week of the next school term.