UNDERCURRENTS: Colin Tarbox, left, and competition entrants David Hall and Josephine Gordon, of Ocean Shores.
UNDERCURRENTS: Colin Tarbox, left, and competition entrants David Hall and Josephine Gordon, of Ocean Shores.

Bridge competition highlights history

By STEPHANIE FORESTER

DAVID HALL has been a hobby artist all his life. And he's not about to forego the chance of using his art to make a political statement ? and win $400 while he's at it. The Lions Club's Ocean Shores Art and History Expo 2004 appears to be a relatively low-key affair, not- withstanding its $1600 arts prize kitty. However, it seems the Paint the Bridge competition has a subversive undercurrent. "For years the Ocean Shores community has suffered from political shenanigans about the new route for the Pacific Highway," David said. "The new bridges planned by the RTA will have an incredibly negative impact on our community. "I'm entering the competition to commemorate the bridge, and the lifestyle, we have today." Lions Club's spokesman Colin Tarbox agreed. "This bridge is important to the Brunswick Valley's heritage," he said. "The road should go somewhere else, but that's not the issue. The bridge has been a part of our lives for 70 years now. "People have fished from it, they've canoodled under it. "As things stand, it will be dismantled when the new bridges are built." Entries for the art competition close on October 18. For information phone 6680 2085.



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