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Students unleash the Lake Ness Monster at Bolton Point Skate Park

Bolton Point Skate Park is now home to a fire-breathing Lake Ness Monster thanks to the talent of some Year 6 students from Fennell Bay Public School.

The mural is a part of the Lake Mac mural project in collaboration with the students and creative community engagement providers Up&Up.

“We wanted to brighten skate parks throughout Lake Mac, but we also wanted to engage local kids and foster a sense of ownership that has shown time and again to be hugely beneficial in the long term,” Andrew Bryant, Manager of Community Partnerships at Lake Macquarie City Council, said.

Mr Bryant said students came up with the design ideas, attended spray-paint workshops and then helped bring their artistic creations to life.

“It’s a much more involved process than simply picking up a spray can and painting between the lines.

“It gets young people involved and makes them feel like a valued member of a team.”

More skate park enhancements are in the pipeline too, with work slated to kick off on Thursday, 14 September, at the Pasterfield Sports Complex in Cameron Park.

Meanwhile, students dedicated a day last week to adding the final touches to the Bolton Point mural, and they have also recently completed another mural at Bonnells Bay.

The project is funded by the NSW Government’s Graffiti Management Program. You can find out more by visiting upnup.com.au.