Mural a reflection of centre's multicultural philosophy

LEAD Childcare Riverview has received a new face-lift with the help from local artist Annie Clarke (left). Also pictured are, Norma McIntosh, 9, Josh Clarke, 7, LEAD Childcare Riverview director Kylie Murphy, and Melinda Nicholls, 2. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
LEAD Childcare Riverview has received a new face-lift with the help from local artist Annie Clarke (left). Also pictured are, Norma McIntosh, 9, Josh Clarke, 7, LEAD Childcare Riverview director Kylie Murphy, and Melinda Nicholls, 2. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

 

LEAD Childcare Riverview has received a new face-lift with the help from local artist Annie Clarke.
LEAD Childcare Riverview has received a new face-lift with the help from local artist Annie Clarke. Contributed

LEAD Childcare Riverview is reaching out to provide inclusive care for the multicultural suburb that it serves.

That caring attitude is reflected in a mural painted by local artist Annie Clarke that represents Riverview's diversity.

Centre director Kylie Murphy said it was "a multicultural centre for Ipswich" that welcomed children from all backgrounds.

"We have a lot of different cultures here - the Sudanese, Islanders and Aboriginals. We try and incorporate their cultures in here and help them celebrate their important days," she said. "We cater for kids from six weeks up to 12 years and we cater for Riverview, Redbank, Kruger and Collingwood Park schools.

"We'll pick them up for before and after-school care and we also run a free courtesy bus."

The centre provides care for children from 60 families.

Ms Clarke has two children Josh, 7, and Alara, 4, at the centre.

Ms Murphy said parents and children "love the mural".

"We asked her to incorporate all cultures from this area and that is what she has done," she said.

It features a tree of life representing all the different nationalities in the area, a turtle that represents moving forward in indigenous culture and the hibiscus flower from Islander culture.



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