Students show artistic skill for safer underpass

THE ongoing Safety Map work with students from East Derwent, Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove and St Paul’s Primary Schools continues with the SRC students from East Derwent Primary School completing their first project.

The students identified the underpass next to their school as an unsafe area due to the rubbish, glass, graffiti, spiders, dirt, and lack of safety rails.

SRC students from East Derwent Primary School have completed their first project, painting the underpass near the school.  The mural provides the backdrop for a brighter, safer area for students to walk to school.
SRC students from East Derwent Primary School have completed their first project, painting the underpass near the school. The mural provides the backdrop for a brighter, safer area for students to walk to school.

Working with The Salvation Army – Communities for Children, Centacare Evolve Housing and Bridgewater PCYC the students made a plan about what they would like to paint on the underpass and the entire school became involved by putting forward their designs and drawings and fundraising with a footy colours day, they also enlisted the help of artist Steffi Coppelmann to put their ideas together into a design.

The students also met with members of Brighton Council to ask questions and to see if Council could clean the area and install safety barriers at the underpass. The Council was happy to help and thoroughly cleaned the area before painting began along with installing safety rails on either side of the underpass. Wayston Building Services also generously donated its time and paint to give the whole area a white undercoat so the new mural could begin.

In early October, SRC students gave up their school holiday time to begin painting the new mural. The mural took longer than expected, and after a few more sessions and some minor setbacks, the underpass has a fresh new look. The work was finished off with a protective anti-graffiti coating to try and keep it looking nice for years to come. The students have commented on how much brighter and safer the underpass looks and are very proud of their hard work.

The students at East Derwent have also presented their project, complete with their plan and background to Tasmanian Members of Parliament, Scott Bacon and Cassy O’Connor, who were both very impressed with their work.

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