Colouring Our Towns Windsor Mall murals and Shopfront Scheme officially launched

Hawkesbury City Council proudly launched new murals in two laneways at Windsor Mall last night, Thursday, 5 September.

Community members, Councillors, business groups and Council’s Town Centres Masterplan Working Group all attended to see the new murals lit up for the evening celebration.

The murals are located outside the wall of Guys Stuff, the Lollies ‘N’ Stuff wall and the wall opposite in the laneway, as well as the pavement between the walls.

The murals project was overseen by Council’s Town Centres Masterplan Working Group, with advice and input provided by the Murals Committee.

The Deputy Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett opened the celebrations, praising the three artists - Noni and David Cragg and Thomas Jackson and the Working Group members.

“Looking at these murals tonight, it has obviously been a great idea to use public art to tell us about Windsor, using nature as an important connection between past, present and future for our community,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“That story includes the natural environment of the Hawkesbury - where we live.

“From the fertile river banks that attracted the Darug people, to the food produce that saved a starving colony, the Hawkesbury is known and loved as ‘the Food Bowl’ of Sydney,” she said.

“Our region has been supplying fresh produce to Sydney and this continues right up to today, with many of the descendants from the first settlers still working and living in the district.

“Food is also at the heart of the people of Windsor. It draws our community together.

“The murals project in Windsor celebrates the abundance that has drawn people to the Hawkesbury for thousands of years, while complementing the natural beauty that still prevails. This mural pays tribute to that, and I know you will all agree it is very impressive,” she said.

“This wonderful art makes us all feel so much brighter about our collective future.”

Councillor Lyons-Buckett also officially launched the Shopfront Improvement Scheme. The Scheme focuses on enhancing the appearance of the Windsor streetscape by activating street frontages, repairing and maintaining buildings, and celebrating the eclectic and unique character of Windsor’s Town Centre.

Council, with the wonderful assistance and funding from Windsor RSL, has created the scheme to assist shop owners, tenants and landlords to improve the external appearance of their premises.

The Shopfront Scheme is a grant funded program to commission new shopfront designs and it’s available to owners and tenants of premises with commercial shop-frontage facing George Street.

Councillor Danielle Wheeler also spoke, commending the artists, the Working Group, the mural subcommittee, Windsor RSL and Council staff.

“I want to thank all of the members of the Town Centres Working Group and say well done to you all for your dedication, for your ideas and for sticking with it until the Windsor Town Centre Murals Project became a reality,” Councillor Wheeler said.

“Congratulations and thank you also to our indigenous artists, Noni and David Cragg for the amazing mural on the Lollies ‘N’ Stuff Shop wall and laneway, and thank you to Thomas Jackson for your inspiring artwork on the laneway beside Guy’s Stuff.”

It is hoped that the murals will set a precedent for public art in Windsor and help to support potential mural festivals and related art programming in future.

For information about the Shopfront Improvement Scheme, contact Placemaking Coordinator Charles Liggett.

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