Youth leave their mark at Thirroul centre

Emily Messieh and Hannah Rivers with the mural work. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Emily Messieh and Hannah Rivers with the mural work. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

After six months of weekly painting, Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre's street-art mural received its finishing touches on Friday.

Young people from the Neighbourhood Centre completed the art work under the voluntary guidance of artist Hannah Rivers.

"It's all about getting the youth to love the place they are in," Ms Rivers said.

"It's their project. I'm so thankful to be a part of it."

Lachlan McLeod, 20, was heavily involved in the centrepiece design.

"At first, I didn't want to do it," Mr McLeod said.

"But Hannah gave me motivation, that was all I needed," he said.

"[The project] made me realise I'm part of a close family at the centre, it means a lot."

Ms Rivers said that working with young people on the art work had been rewarding.

"You could see [Lachlan] changing, by the end of it; I felt he was more confident," she said.

The team were happy with the end product.

"I felt really proud," Ms Rivers said.

Youth and Community Services Co-ordinator at the centre, Emily Messieh said they were seeking more artists to facilitate future projects.

"We are looking for an indigenous artist for our NAIDOC Week Tile Art mural," she said.

The centre is also running a food collection over the next two months.

For more information, go to Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre on Facebook.

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