Beckom students giving back to their community

5 August 2013

Beckom students giving back to their community

Students from Beckom Public School visited their local rest area on the Newell Highway, about five kilometres northeast of Ardlethan last Friday to repair and repaint murals originally painted by previous students.

Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli said Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) allocated $1,000 to the local school in 2009 for students to paint a mural at the rest area and to help tidy up the area by removing rubbish and trimming vegetation.

“Getting the students involved was great because it gave them a sense of local pride and helped to make this rest stop an even more welcoming place to take a break, while travelling on the Newell Highway,” Mr Piccoli said.

“Working with local schools and the community is important for RMS.

“Students from the school returned last week to repaint the earlier painted murals and remove graffiti. “RMS provided traffic control to ensure the safety of the students while the work was carried out  and had staff onsite to help with the general maintenance at the rest area.

“RMS thanked the students for their efforts with a BBQ after the work was completed.

“RMS hopes the hard work put in by the students will deter future graffiti at the rest area.

“Rest areas play a crucial role for traffic travelling on the Newell Highway and the artwork provides visitors making their stop with interesting and enjoyable surroundings which showcase young Beckom talent,” Mr Piccoli said.

Media Contact: Murrumbidgee Electorate Office 6962 6644

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Beckom students giving back to their community

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