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Budding Artists called for Mural Ideas

Released on: 13 March 2019

Released on: 13 March 2019

 If you’re a budding local artist, have a flair for design and want to brighten up a public space with your creativity, then now’s the time to submit a mural design to be painted on the Rainbow Beach Reserve amenities block in Bonny Hills.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in partnership with the Bonny Hills Progress Association (BHPA) are inviting local creatives and school students to submit their designs depicting the surrounding environment, village and surf culture, with the winning artist to take home $1,000 in prize money.

The competition opened today, March 13 and will close on April 30 2019, with interested artists invited to attend a FREE inspiration session being held by well-known Bonny Hills artist, Brian Barker, at the reserve on Saturday 6 April at 10am.

Instances of graffiti and vandalism to the reserve toilet block have been the catalyst for the mural design competition, which is a new creative way to overcome an unsightly problem.

Group Manager Lucilla Marshall welcomed the opportunity to work with the Bonny Hills community to improve the look on the amenities block at the popular beachside reserve.

"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," said Ms Marshall.

"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."

BHPA President Roger Barlow said that there are several public spaces in Bonny Hills that are ideal for public art activations, and hopes that the amenities block project will inspire more.

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

The winning design will be painted onto the surface of the amenities block façade by an experienced local mural artist.

"We’re encouraging anyone looking to get creative to attend the free inspiration session with Mr Barker, and submit your ideas – your work could be the first stop on a community public art trail in the future!," added Ms Marshall.

Competition entry forms and further information is available at or by contacting Council on (02) 6581 8111.