AN ARTIST has joined women and children living at the Mary Smith Refuge in Bentley to paint a giant tree mural in celebration of the complex giving shelter for 40 years.
Fremantle artist Jo Darbyshire said the tree represented new life, strength and resilience.
“The kids got involved painting insects and bugs and it was brilliant to work with them,” she said.
The refuge is managed by Cloverdale-based charity Starick, an organisation that supports women and children escaping family and domestic violence.
The complex features six self-contained family units, all of which have undergone extensive refurbishment in preparation for the 40th anniversary.
Starick chief executive Leanne Barron said all the family units were freshly painted and fitted with updated kitchens and new furniture.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our residents somewhere that is not only safe but also homely and modern until they find alternative accommodation,” she said.
Women’s Interests and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk is expected to join more than 60 guests at an event on March 1 to commemorate the anniversary and refurbishment.