Bonny Hills artists have been challenged to repaint Rainbow Beach reserve amenities

Unknown design: Bonny Hills Progress Association president Roger Barlow said he was looking forward to some surprising designs.
Unknown design: Bonny Hills Progress Association president Roger Barlow said he was looking forward to some surprising designs.

Local residents have been challenged to a creative arts design competition to beautify the reserve amenities block in Bonny Hills.

Bonny Hills Progress Association have partnered with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to open a creative competition and repainted the reserve amenities block in Bonny Hills with a marvellous community mural.

The winning design is worth $1000 in prize money and the competition is open until April 30.

Bonny Hills Progress Association president Roger Barlow said he was looking forward to some surprising designs for the Rainbow Beach site.

"We're looking for a high quality artist or artists to complete the work with the winning design," he said.

"I think the winning design will have an element of surprise such as Aboriginal, beach or historic themes.

"Let's see what comes out of it.

"We're also looking at running a people's choice prize just like an art show."

Interested artists are invited to a free inspiration session with local artist Brian Barker at the reserve at 10am on April 6.

Group Manager Lucilla Marshall said all residents were welcome to submit their designs including local creatives and school students.

“Senseless acts of graffiti to our region’s public facilities looks terrible, and costs council and the community much needed resources, time and money to clean up,” she said.

“We’ve teamed up again with the Bonny Hills Progress Association to tackle this problem, and are looking for mural designs that will improve the social amenity of the reserve, and help to reduce the acts of vandalism.”

“Your work could be the first stop on a community public art trail in the future."

Mr Barlow said the competition had been prompted by plans to use it as a trial for a number of sites.

"We have had a lot of projects in mind, it's been in the melting pot for a while," he said.

"It's about beautifying the building and building interest in the area.

"Other projects looked at could be the big water tower on southern side of town and another toilet block.

"But this is the pilot run to see how it goes.

"It will make Rainbow Beach Reserve more interesting and attractive and show what great talent we have throughout the Port Macquarie-Hastings region."

Murals aplenty: Bonny Hills already has a number of murals deterring graffiti.

Murals aplenty: Bonny Hills already has a number of murals deterring graffiti.

The amenities block has previously been the target of graffiti and has been repainted a number of times.

"The block was being hit by graffiti. We want this mural to engage with younger people and be a bit more constructive," said Mr Barlow.

"Each time it has been tagged badly it is repainted and it's hit in particular times during the holidays, sometimes night after night."

Competition entry forms are available by clicking here or by contacting council on (02) 6581 8111.

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