Council’s community grants program is a wonderful partnership between council and community that helps bring valuable local projects to life.
Local artist David Aldridge was the recipient of a Community Arts Grant in the 2016/17 round of funding and over the past two years has thrown himself into creating an extraordinary piece of art.
David has painted a 35-metre-long (and 1.5-metre-high) mural at the Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre, near the You Yangs.
Mount Rothwell is a privately-owned sanctuary and is the largest feral predator free ecosystem in Victoria. With volunteer support, this property specialises in breeding and protecting threatened species.
The composition David has created features many of the animals that are self-sustaining and coexist at Mt Rothwell, in a day to night scene.
In David’s mural the viewer can see rare or endangered creatures as varied as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Southern Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby, Rufous Bettong and Eastern Quoll.
The mural was official opened Thursday 19 September, 2019.
You too could secure a community grant to help your important local project off the ground.
Applications for Community Events Fund are now open. You can get in touch with our Grants team if you are interested in applying. Contact our team on 5272 4736 or 5272 5039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can Apply online.
Brett Luxford, Director Economy, Investment and Attraction:
"This artwork is an extraordinary example of what community members can achieve with the assistance of grants. David Aldridge has created a valuable piece of art that is both beautiful to look at and important to raise awareness about our threatened species."
Artist, David Aldridge:
"I went on one of the night walks at Mount Rothwell and fell in love with the place. I was really inspired by the work they do there and wanted to help, and that’s how we came up with the idea for the mural.
"Finally seeing all the panels installed on site this week and come together in the 35-metre mural was amazing."