Barham Bridge Artwork
2 August 2013
Barham Bridge to showcase student artwork
Artwork produced by local school children will be displayed on a large banner around the Barham Bridge work site while major restoration work is carried out on the bridge by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
John Williams, Member for Murray-Darling said the NSW Government has allocated $10 million to the three year project which will replace the bridge approaches and repair trusses, timber piers and the bridge deck.
“What better way could there be to highlight the talent of local students while beautifying our work site than Koondrook Public School creating the artwork for the 1.8 metre high banner mesh being wrapped around fencing at the work site,” Mr Williams said.
“Barham Primary School pupils have also painted murals on concrete barriers to be placed on the side of the road on the approach to the bridge.
“Getting the students involved in the project aims to give them a sense of local pride and makes the site and concrete barriers look visually attractive as people pass by. The project is part of RMS’s commitment to working with local schools and community.
“Maintenance work which started in early last year has had a significant impact on the towns of Barham and Koondrook and RMS thanks the communities for their patience and understanding while this important work was carried out.
“Reducing the visual impact of work is one way we thank the community for their patience. The community’s young talent will be showcased for locals and visitors to admire with the drawings digitally printed onto the banner.
“The drawings were created by K-6 children with the majority of the artwork showing the artists’ names so children can identify their work to friends and family.
“Entrants in the Barham Koondrook Tourism Group Photographic Competition have also contributed photographs of local scenery.
“RMS will present each of the children with a certificate of participation with three lucky students will receive a certificate of merit for their artistic talent.
“Tourism messages about Wakool Shire have been incorporated onto the banner to promote the local area. The messages were chosen in liaison with Wakool Shire Council.
“RMS is planning to install the banner around the work site by late August, weather permitting.
“Current work on the bridge is expected to be completed by June next year.
“This stage of work involves improvements on the NSW side approach span. This $5.7 million part of the project follows on from the liftspan restoration work carried out last year,” Mr Williams said.
For more information on the upgrade visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au or contact 1300 NSW VIC.
Contact: John Williams 0438 808 722
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