Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Mural a snapshot of history

    6/07/2006 1:00 PM

    A group of people with intellectual disabilities has played a major role in creating public art depicting the history of Chidlow.

    The Water Authority’s pump station at the entrance to the townsite has been decorated with a large mural and was unveiled today by Disability Services Minister Tony McRae.

    Mr McRae said the talents of the group of people who lived in Disability Services Commission accommodation in Chidlow were a key to developing the artwork.

    “What started as a way of finding some meaningful activities to increase community participation for these people, turned into a whole-of-community project which brought together business, schools, local authorities and individuals with a shared purpose,” he said.

    “Everybody involved in this fantastic project deserves hearty congratulations for the way this creation has united the community.

    “It has allowed the commission’s residents to build some important relationships with local people and to develop sustained links with the community in which they live.

    “It is also an excellent example of people with disabilities having the chance to give something back, to demonstrate that they can make a valuable contribution to the local community.”

    Local artist Charles Benjafield designed the mural and guided its development with support from Disability Services Commission staff.

    Significant support for the project was also provided by the Mundaring Shire Council, the Water Authority, the Eco Village, Bendigo Bank, the Chidlow Progress Association, Solver Paints, Hills Community Support Group, local schools and various individuals.

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