Cannington Community College team up with police and artist to decorate Coker Park

Mayor Paul Ng with community artist Mel McVee and Cannington district community engagement co-ordinator Sergeant Matt Sharp. Picture: David Baylis d488915.
Mayor Paul Ng with community artist Mel McVee and Cannington district community engagement co-ordinator Sergeant Matt Sharp. Picture: David Baylis d488915.

CANNINGTON Community College students unleashed their creative side by designing and painting a mural at Coker Park.

The recreational facility received a splash of colour from students, thanks to a $16,660 State graffiti fund grant of $16,600.

Students worked with Perth artist Mel McVee, Cannington Community College visual arts teacher Ms Louwellyn Gossi and her Year 10 art and drawing students to design and paint the mural.

McVee said they wanted the mural to reflect the use of the facility’s use and incorporate the local wildlife and botany.

“We’ve got a lot of silhouettes of people running, jumping, playing cricket,” she said. “We included those shapes and did a workshop with the kids and then used flora and fauna to tie into the lovely environment in Canning, so we’ve got 28 parrots, grevillea and some local butterflies.”

Canning Mayor Paul Ng said the project’s goal was to reduce graffiti at Coker Park and the nearby areas.

“Throughout the project, the City will be working with WA Police and the graffiti task force team to provide graffiti education,” he said.