COLOURFUL MEMORIAL: File photo of Marley’s family, David Cross, Abbyrose Cross and Raquel Morton, at the Kyogle Rd bridge, in November 2014, and below, an artist’s impression of the new mural to be painted on the bridge.
COLOURFUL MEMORIAL: File photo of Marley’s family, David Cross, Abbyrose Cross and Raquel Morton, at the Kyogle Rd bridge, in November 2014, and below, an artist’s impression of the new mural to be painted on the bridge. John Gass

Rainbow to make way for new bridge mural

A COLOURFUL memorial to Marley Phoenix Morton-Cross who died suddenly in 2013, aged just eight, will be painted over, so Tweed Shire Council can identity the tribute as a public art installation, instead of illegal graffiti.

Councillors resolved at their last meeting to permit the proposal from the Uki Village and District Residents Association to repaint the rainbow-hued Kyogle Road Bridge at Smiths Creek, with a mountain scape design instead.

The rainbow design was the product of a group painting session to mark Marley’s birthday, who was a well-loved, healthy boy who enjoyed playing soccer for the Uki Pythons before his death.

Marley was at Aetaomah Steiner School in Terragon when he complained of a headache before being taken to hospital, where it was found he suffered a brain aneurysm.

Association spokesman Phil Carr said the move was hoped to address the concerns of a large survey of residents finding 70% of 400 respondents wanted the rainbow to stay but 30% wanted other issues resolved.

“The first obvious thing was that it was done illegally, so even if we liked it, it set a precedent,” Mr Carr said.

“The second thing was that the rainbow colours were a bit ‘Nimbinish’.

“We made an application with council for an alternative design.

“It was difficult getting it agreed on all levels, but we did, which is a success story.”

Councillor Barry Longland, who lodged the motion, was relieved the 12-month long process had come to an end.

“Initially, the painting of the bridge did result in division in our community,” he said.

“The design presents an attractive entrance to the village and will be a memorial to all lost children of South Arm.”

Mr Carr said it was “by far the most response” the association had ever had to a survey.

Artistic impression of public artwork to be created at the Uki bridge.
Artistic impression of public artwork to be created at the Uki bridge. Contributed


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