ART, Aboriginal language and animals are joined in harmony at Tamworth’s Marsupial Park in a new mural.
The mural, that runs along one fence of the aviary, was a collaboration between Tamworth High and Hillvue Public school students.
Tamworth High School co-ordinator Cristine O’Connell said this was something unique across Australia, involving talented people in the Tamworth community.
Year 7 student Jyler Nean has been drawing since he could hold a pencil.
“I enjoyed doing the straight lines,” he said.
“It feels good (to see it up) and I’ve learned a lot.”
Hillvue Public School co-ordinator Jacqui Goodwin said the students had visited the marsupial park every week to do paintings and were then asked to do the animal-themed mural.
The Aboriginal mural is based on the animals in the park, complete with their Kamilaroi names.
“We want to try to increase the value of the marsupial park with the students and build relationships with the volunteers,” Mrs O’Connell said.
“They’re just so proud of it and enjoy being part of something the community’s going to value and will be able to bring their families up to show them.
“The students learn Kamilaroi at Tamworth High School, so this has also blended with that.”