Community murals mark new chapter for Wallaroo Reserve

Published on 18 September 2018

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Local Hastings students have unveiled a series of custom murals for Wallaroo Reserve. The murals were revealed to the community earlier this month, marking another milestone in the five-year project to create a great community presence and further efforts to prevent graffiti at the reserve.

The Wallaroo Reserve Activate Spaces Project empowers community members to get involved and leave their mark at the reserve in a positive way. To date, the project has seen a number of improvements to the reserve including landscaped architecture, seating and vegetation planting including those planted at the Shire’s community tree planting day in August last year.

The Wallaroo Reserve Rejuvenation Activate Spaces Project received funding from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and Mornington Peninsula Shire to activate several spaces around the reserve to engage our community in mural art work and landscape architecture.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “the Shire’s ongoing commitment to Wallaroo Reserve has seen significant investment and improvements made over the past five years including:

  • a half basketball court
  • BBQ and shelter
  • BMX track
  • children’s playground, and
  • 100-metre bio retention system swale

“This project has seen much collaboration and community support from Federal and State Government, Wallaroo Resident’s Action Group, Wallaroo Primary School, Western Port Secondary College, Advance Community College, Hastings Primary School, Good Shepherd Community House and Community Kinder’s Plus”.  

Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper said “the quality of artwork is outstanding, and I was extremely proud to join our community to celebrate their contribution to the space and launch the fantastic artwork our local children and students have developed over the past 12 months”. 

The project was funded by $50,000 contribution from the State Government’s Growing Suburb’s Fund, $50,000 from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grant, $49,000 from Mornington Peninsula Shire, generous local contributions of $5,000 from Good Shepherd Community House and $2,200 from Community Kinder’s Plus; as well as the huge number of volunteer in-kind hours from the Wallaroo Resident’s Action Group.

The Mural Arts component of the project was coordinated by Helen Smith and Miles Lindqvist from Western Port Secondary College who were committed to ensuring local involvement from schools and community groups, to ensure everyone had the opportunity to participate. 

PHOTO CAPTION (L-R): Miles Lindqvist from Western Port Secondary College, artist Anthony Knowles, Helen Smith from Western Port Secondary College, Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper and the Shire’s Senior Social Planner Tricia Folvig.