New bridge ban­ners

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

New bridge ban­ners cel­e­brate spring and Man­durah's flora, fauna and ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

MO­TORISTS cross­ing the Man­durah Bridge will no­tice some­thing new.

Four­teen new ban­ners have been in­stalled to cel­e­brate spring and Man­durah’s flora, fauna and ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

The ban­ners have been de­signed by lo­cal artists Ricky Gib­son, Lisa Pay­ton, Paul Fleetham and De­bra Sci­done.

For Pay­ton, hav­ing her work adorn three of the ban­ners has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.

Her grand­fa­ther was in­volved in build­ing the pre­vi­ous bridge.

“It truly is an hon­our and my grand­fa­ther would be very proud,’’ she said.

The new ban­ners will re­place those de­signed by lo­cal artist Emma Blyth, which will be ro­tated back in.

Not only have the ban­ners been de­signed by lo­cal artists, they have also been made by lo­cal busi­ness Bryson Can­vas.

Mayor Rhys Wil­liams said the City was keen to pro­vide real em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists and the ban­ners were a great way to fi­nan­cially sup­port ta­lented lo­cals and sup­port their work.

“Talk­ing to the com­mu­nity, prior and dur­ing the bridge de­vel­op­ment, we know pub­lic art is re­ally im­por­tant,’’ he said.

“It’s a way for us to cel­e­brate and re­flect on what is unique or spe­cial to us and helps us con­nect with this place and each other.”

Work has started on spe­cial ban­ners for Christ­mas.

Artists De­bra Sci­done, Paul Fleetham, Ricky Gib­son and Lisa Pay­ton with the ban­ners.

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