North­fest pro­ject takes shape

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The artis­tic tal­ents of stu­dents from Hor­sham’s Holy Trin­ity Lutheran School and Hor­sham Col­lege’s Mcken­zie Creek cam­pus will soon be on show for the com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents at the schools have cre­ated a unique park bench, made from skate­boards, for Hor­sham’s Cor­nell Park.

The bench is this year’s North­fest Fam­ily Fun Day Legacy Pro­ject.

North­fest, at Cor­nell Park on Novem­ber 11, is de­signed to bring peo­ple to­gether for recre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties while pro­mot­ing a healthy life­style.

Each North­fest event in­volves a legacy pro­ject that can be left be­hind af­ter the fes­ti­val for the com­mu­nity to use and en­joy. The new ‘skate­board seat’ un­der con­struc­tion will fea­ture stu­dent art­work painted onto wooden skate­boards fash­ioned into a bench seat.

The skate­boards will have a steel frame con­structed by On­site Engi­neer­ing and be in­stalled by Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

North­fest co-or­di­na­tor Ja­nine Harfield said as well leav­ing be­hind a last­ing foot­print from North­fest, the legacy pro­ject helped Hor­sham district youth to build re­la­tion­ships and fos­ters a sense of own­er­ship and pride in com­mu­nity spaces.

“While the pro­ject pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal youth to be in­volved in the cre­ation of some­thing that will di­rectly ben­e­fit their com­mu­nity, it also fa­cil­i­tates the for­ma­tion of new re­la­tion­ships be­tween young peo­ple and lo­cal agency staff,” she said.

Pro­ject part­ners in­clude Grampians Com­mu­nity Health, Wim­mera Health Care Group and Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

This year the pro­ject has also had sup­port from a Hor­sham Sports and Com­mu­nity Club do­na­tion.

The free fes­ti­val, which will run from 11.30am to 3.30pm, will fea­ture Hor­sham district mu­si­cal bands, chil­dren’s rides and ac­tiv­i­ties, dance dis­plays, healthy food, art and craft ex­hi­bi­tions and more.

UNIQUE ART: Hor­sham Col­lege Mcken­zie Creek stu­dents, from left, Kyle Mclean, Bray­den Fo­ley, Jeremy Cham­bers, Ji Marra and Aron Hale paint skate­boards for a bench seat pro­ject. Ab­sent from the pic­ture are Michael Tay­lor and Kayne Higgins.

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