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Rainbow Beach Amenities Mural Design Competition

Rainbow Beach

CLOSING DATE – Extended to Friday 17 May 2019

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) and the Bonny Hills Progress Association (BHPA) are inviting creative designers, artists, graphic designers and students to submit artwork to be incorporated onto the facade of the Rainbow Beach Reserve amenities block in Bonny Hills. The aim of this artwork is to add to the social amenity of the area while reducing the prevalence of graffiti at the site.

The winning artist will have their designs translated onto the southern sides of the amenities block, as well as winning $1000 in prize money.

About Bonny Hills

Bonny Hills captures many of the visual qualities of NSW North Coast settlements. It is characterized by the pervasiveness of the landscape and visual qualities influenced by the natural environment, including: Rainbow Beach, Bartletts Beach and Grants Head.

On the rise overlooking Rainbow Beach sits the Wauchope - Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club and popular eatery The Fat Fish. The club is the longest established organisation within the town and has been continuously operating since 1958 and is a common destination for community gatherings and events.

Environmentally, the site contains the Rainbow Beach Nature Park, home to many species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species. Plant life extends from the mangroves through to the natural bush.

The cultural uses of this area extend back in time to Aboriginal custodianship of the Birpai People, when its resources were used for food, shelter, materials and medicine. Mangrove and paperbark forests were utilised for the construction of shields and canoes and opportunities for fishing fresh fish and crabs.

It is hoped that the design will reflect the local coastal township of Bonny Hills.

About the design site


The amenities block at Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills has been recently built by Council and services the users of the Rainbow Beach Reserve and adjacent children’s playground. Many events such as Moonlight Movies and Back to Bonny’s sees hundreds of community members gathering in the reserve.

Proposed art concept

Designs must be bold, original and reflect the beautiful Bonny Hills area. Creative concepts should include key elements of the area which may include natural flora and fauna, beachscapes and surfing scenes. Designs may be abstract and must take into consideration that the work will be in the public amenity and be suitable for all audiences.

How to enter

Just print out an  entry form243KB pdf(PDF, 243KB), draw, print or collage your design into the printable area, complete the entry form and submit your design in pdf form to

Entrants must be a resident of the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.

Entries close at 11.59pm on 17 May 2019 (Extended closing date)

The details

All submitted designs must adhere to the template and content requirements.

  • Your design must be original.
  • Your design must reflect the Bonny Hills area and it’s environment
  • Designs can be literal or abstract, however designs should respond to the following themes: “Your local environment”
  • Designs should be created in such a way that they can be easily translated to the amenities facade and be supplied in a PDF Format.
  • Designs can be hand-drawn or computer-generated.

The winning design will be converted into a scalable format by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and be utilised to create the mural for the amenities block.

Designs may vary from the original winning design in order to meet the technical application of the design to the surface. The winner may be consulted through this process, however, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council reserves the right to determine the final design and look of the print.

Entrants should note the winner is not required to apply their design to the panels but will be asked to assist an experienced mural painter to do this.

Selection process

The criteria for judging the best submission will include adherence to the design guidelines and theme, along with the production of an imaginative design which is strong, bold and creative and can be reproduced easily for the mural production.

The panel will consist of:

  • 1 x Port Macquarie-Hastings Councillor
  • 2 x representatives from the Bonny Hills Progress Association
  • 2 x members of the Cultural Steering Group
  • 1 x community member (Youth)

Submissions are due on the 17 May 2019 by 11.59pm

The winner will be contacted directly by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and announced by the 21 May 2019.


Competition timeline and milestones

  • 13 March: Competition Opens
  • 6 April: Free Inspiration workshop at the Rainbow Beach Reserve
  • 17 May: Competition Closes (extended closing date)
  • 21 May: Panel selects winner
  • 21 May: Winner announced
  • June 2019: Installation of mural on Rainbow Beach Amenities block


If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Creative Place Facilitator, Skye Frost at or (02) 6581 8111.


This page was last updated on: 16 August 2019