Container gets Dunecare touch
STAGE one of the mural on the Cabarita Beach Dunecare's shipping container was completed on Friday with members gathering on Saturday to view it.
The container, which is used for storage, is located on the Goanna Track which is a trail leading to Cabarita Beach.
Artist Mindy Clarke teamed up with professional muralists Laing Rahner and Jamie Brown to create the stunning landscape that depicts the iconic view north from Maggies Beach to Norries Headland.
"Stage one depicts the native flora found in the area including coastal banksias, macarangas and the endangered Pink Nodding Orchid," Dunceare co-ordinator Ashley Baldry said.
"Stage two will see some common native animals added including a swamp wallaby and goanna along with some threatened species found on the site such as the Little Bentwing Bat and Glossy Black Cockatoo.
"I am impressed by the concept behind the staging of the design.
"It highlights the simple message that if we look after the bush here then the animals will also flourish.
"The mature casuarina trees here are a known source of food for the Glossy Black Cockatoos which are a vulnerable species in NSW.
"The mural is primarily a piece of public art but it will also serve to educate and inspire local residents and visitors.
"Importantly, it will highlight some of the rare and endangered flora and fauna in the area including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Pink Nodding Orchid and the Endangered Ecological Community of Callitris Pines."
On National Tree Day in July, the mural will also serve as the backdrop for an outdoor classroom where the pupils of Bogangar Public School will be treated to a hands-on lesson in bush tucker from a local expert.
Materials and funding for the mural have been provided by Tweed Shire Council and Cabarita Beach Bowls and Sports Club.