THE Lions Club Of Soldiers Point have delivered on a Port Stephens Council Cultural Grant having worked with local artist Rhys Fabris giving new life to the bus shelter on Sandy Point Road.
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Artist Rhys Fabris has created a sunset mural featuring a sign for the iconic Mambo Wetlands which the bus shelter is adjacent to.
The response to Rhys’s latest outdoor artwork in the region has been positive and Sharon Blunt, President of the Soldiers Point Lions Club is hopeful that funding can be secured into the future to enhance the local environment by painting murals on over 20 more Lions Club bus shelters.
Rhys’s other works can be seen in Nelson Bay in one of the alleys off Magnus Street along Salamander Way in two more Lions bus shelters and around the township of Anna Bay.
.Soldiers Point Lions President Sharon Blunt said, “This bus shelter is no longer daggy it is something that the community can be proud of.”
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer told News Of The Area, “When you have a grants program like this you want to see something out there in the community, this is something that will be lasting within our community for a really long time.
“If you look at any of the works that Rhys has done they really liven up an area, it’s great work by the Lions to identify a project like this and bring it together with the artistic brilliance of someone like Rhys, create a unique artwork which is of great value to the community,” he said.
The Lions have their hearts set on a mural for the bus shelter which sits opposite the site of the new Koala sanctuary on Gan Gan Road and Rhys has already designed a koala themed mural for this location, all that is needed to make this a reality is funding.
By Marian SAMPSON