UNITED SPIRIT: Fernvale residents have come together to produce a commemorative memorial recognising the recovery efforts after the January 2011 flood.
UNITED SPIRIT: Fernvale residents have come together to produce a commemorative memorial recognising the recovery efforts after the January 2011 flood. Contributed

Fernvale's picture of optimism

FERNVALE'S recovery from the 2011 flood is being been recognised through memorial murals.

A committee made up of Fernvale residents decided a community arts project could help residents recover with a sense of unity and connectedness.

The project team, assisted by Somerset Regional Council Community Development officer Jane Williamson, encourage residents to join them at 9am on the first Sunday of each month at Fernvale Futures Complex, to help paint the main memorial masterpieces that will be unveiled next March.

Gina Anderson of the Fernvale Art Group said the community had been getting behind the project.

"Having been involved with murals before, I believe this is

an exciting prospect to get artistic-minded members of the community together to contribute to what will be a wonderful landmark for Fernvale," she said.

The murals, once completed, will be installed at the Fernvale Memorial Park adjacent to Fernvale Futures.

Ms Williamson said the project could provide residents with entertainment and joy in difficult times.

Ms Williamson encouraged Fernvale residents to attend the monthly meetings and have input in the project.

The project has been funded through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery plan.



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