Mo­saic fifi nal touch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MO­SAIC chairs cre­ated by the lo­cal com­mu­nity are the fi­nal touches com­plet­ing a new gazebo at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre as part of the Spring­board pro­gram.

This year’s Lend Lease Spring­board pro­gram has of­fi­cially come to a close with the fi­nal event ex­hibit­ing the fi­nal prod­uct thanks to all the hard work of dozens of lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Spring­board is based on com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity and brings Lend Lease ex­ec­u­tives from around the world to­gether with lo­cal vol­un­teers to work on com­mu­nity projects.

The pro­gram worked with the com­mu­nity cen­tre on seven projects this year, in­clud­ing fin­ish­ing the gazebo area started last year.

Vol­un­teers this year put on a roof, ti­died up the area and sur­round­ing gar­den and bought some seats for the area, which were trans­formed into pieces of art.

Lo­cal artist Melis­sah Nor­ris was en­listed as a co­or­di­na­tor to put the fin­ish­ing touches on the gazebo area.

“In­stantly I vi­su­alised mo­saic seats there,” Melis­sah said.

“It’s been a hugely suc­cess­ful project, the bead­ing group, men’s shed and youth cen­tre all con­trib­uted their im­ages, which was trans­lated onto the four bench seats.

“They were able to see their im­ages come to life, choos­ing colours and dif­fer­ent tex­tures mo­saics can of­fer and learn­ing about the whole process.”

The mo­saic benches were placed un­der­neath the gazebo last week at the com­mu­nity cen­tre, coin­cid­ing with an af­ter­noon tea to say thank you to all of the lo­cal busi­nesses who sup­ported the Spring­board pro­gram.

Projects com­pleted as part of this year’s Spring­board pro­gram in­cluded build­ing and equip­ping a men’s shed, a makeover for the com­mu­nity cen­tre, ex­pand­ing the vegetable gar­den, ren­o­vat­ing the Girl Guides hut, in­creas­ing aware­ness of com­mu­nity outreach ser­vices, ren­o­vat­ing the flexirespite cen­tre and es­tab­lish­ing a mar­ket gar­den at Moss­man State High School.

Team ef­fort: Bev Tay­lor, Melis­sah Nor­ris, Dom Lynch and Karen Laird and (in­set) de­tail of the mo­saic

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