Maylands: MPA Skills painting apprentices revamp street bins along Eighth Avenue

Apprentice Jake Moralee, left rear, and painting trainer Stephen Delaney with apprentice Courtney Heaft, front. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d486236d
Apprentice Jake Moralee, left rear, and painting trainer Stephen Delaney with apprentice Courtney Heaft, front. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d486236d

MAYLANDS painting apprentices are looking to redecorate shop fronts and bus shelters in the City of Bayswater after they restored six street bins along Eighth Avenue.

Five students from MPA Skills worked on the bins part of their painting pre-apprenticeship course and are now trying to secure apprenticeships.

The project was funded by the City through its Seed Placemaking Funding program.

Student Jake Moralee said they used brush and roller techniques, as well as coating systems designed for the Australian environment with durable paints, wood finishes and power tools.

Fellow student Courtney Heaft said she was excited to see her work in Maylands and hoped to do similar projects in the future.

Painting trainer Stephen Delaney said the project gave the students a great sense of ownership and a source of pride.

“It brings their training into the real world,” he said.

“We are hoping to re-decorate the Salvos store on Guilford Road in Maylands next.”

Mayor Dan Bull said the project delivered on the community’s priority to revitalise Eighth Avenue while showcasing the skills of apprentice painters.

MPA Skills is starting its next pre-apprenticeship course on September 25.

Contact the campus on 9471 6600 or visit mpaskills.com.au.