Cover-up despite the smell

SMELLY CANVAS: Southern Cross School K-12 students (from back to front) Shianna Wyatt-Peters, Kelsie Wareham and Jasmin Mowbray at work painting a mural on the sewage pump station near Chickiba Lake, East Ballina. Pictured above left is the finished work.
SMELLY CANVAS: Southern Cross School K-12 students (from back to front) Shianna Wyatt-Peters, Kelsie Wareham and Jasmin Mowbray at work painting a mural on the sewage pump station near Chickiba Lake, East Ballina. Pictured above left is the finished work. Graham Broadhead

OKAY, it wasn't the most pleasant location for a unique artistic experience.

But 11 Southern Cross School K-12 high school art students can admire their work on the sewage pump station near Chickiba Lake at East Ballina.

They spent a few days last week painting a mural on the pump station despite regular wafts of you know what.

"You kinda get used to it (the smell) after a while," student Jasmin Mowbray said.

But the wafts passed.

She said it was "pretty amazing" to get to paint a piece of public art.

"It's pretty special," she said.

"We're pretty privileged to have that opportunity."

The project followed a similar project about two years ago when Essential Energy and Ballina Shire Council partnered to paint transformer boxes around the shire in an effort to beat graffiti.

Council's sustainability planning officer, Skye McNamara, said that project was so successful that council decided to look at painting its own infrastructure.

The East Ballina pump station is the first council building to be adorned with a mural.

The students had a workshop with internationally acclaimed Bundjalung artist Digby Moran before designing the mural with its environmental theme.

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond was called in to paint the base colours for the mural, and Bunnings Warehouse in Ballina supplied the paint.



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