Stu­dents’ art to brighten pipe­line

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

For a long time, the en­trance road to Kar­ratha has been lined with bor­ing grey pipes, but that will be no more as a bunch of lo­cal school­child­ren pre­pare to brighten up a sec­tion of the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s in­fra­struc­ture.

The sec­tion of pipe­line in front of the Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre will be painted by 20 cre­ative St Paul’s, Tam­brey, Wick­ham, Roe­bourne, Mil­lars Well, Kar­ratha and Bayn­ton West pri­mary school stu­dents.

The stu­dents have been learn­ing tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal art tech­niques and will in­clude these, as well as a wa­ter theme, into their work.

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre man­ager Jane Knapp said the stu­dents would learn how to do Abo­rig­i­nal art and about the mean­ing be­hind it dur­ing the process.

“Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture is im­por­tant to our his­tory here so that is some­thing we wanted to in­cor­po­rate,” she said. “It is just show­ing these kids how im­por­tant it is to do things within the com­mu­nity, love where they live, and see how lucky they are to be liv­ing in a place like this.

“The paint­ings will make it a re­ally pleas­ant area. It will be cool to see come to life.”

Ms Knapp said she hoped other places would take Kar­ratha’s lead so there could one day be a whole net­work of painted wa­ter pipe­lines. The paint­ing ex­er­cise also co­in­cides with Har­mony Day on Tues­day, March 21 and World Wa­ter Day the following day.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion North West re­gional man­ager Rino Tro­lio said he looked for­ward to see­ing the fi­nal prod­uct un­veiled on World Wa­ter Day

“Stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in art classes and at­tend cul­tural aware­ness talks be­fore paint­ing wa­terthemed Abo­rig­i­nal art on a sec­tion of the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s drink­ing wa­ter pipe­line,” he said. “We are al­ways look­ing for ways to pos­i­tively con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity, which is why we are so pleased to be part of a project that both cel­e­brates Kar­ratha’s cul­tural di­ver­sity and pro­motes aware­ness of the im­por­tance of wa­ter.”

The project is be­ing sup­ported by the KVC, the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and Arg­onaut En­gi­neer­ing and Con­struc­tion.

In ad­di­tion, $500 will be do­nated to each par­tic­i­pat­ing school’s par­ents’ and cit­i­zens’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

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